When to Call an Exterminator for Roaches? Here Are The Top Signs!

Did you just see a cockroach in your home? Hate to break it to you but it probably has a colony of friends. Even if you are a clean freak, these unwelcome visitors can still find a way to thrive in your house. DIY remedies can do more harm than good not just to your property, but also to your health. Professional exterminators can ensure you see the last of these creepy crawlies for months.

Top Reasons Why You Should Nip a Cockroach Infestation In The Bud

Before we get into when to call an exterminator for roaches, check out the top reasons why you should do so as soon as possible:

1. They Spread Diseases

Cockroaches are petri dishes of pathogens, bacteria, and germs. When they scuttle across your clean floors, they leave a path filled with feces, urine, digestive fluids and saliva that can be transmitted to you and your family. Some of the diseases they carry include typhoid, salmonella, sepsis and E.coli to name a few. Anyone who has a weak immune system (such as babies and the elderly) can get seriously ill. Some of these illnesses can also prove fatal for them.

2. They Crawl Over EVERYTHING

Cockroaches are the tanks of the insect kingdom. Their little legs give them access to almost any surface you can think of. This includes clean kitchen counters and even your refrigerator! Plus, when they eat, they poop on everything. Almost everything is a food source for these insects so just because you never leave leftovers out, doesn’t mean you are safe from an infestation. You can get serious food poisoning if roaches crawl over your dishes at night.

3. They Aggravate Respiratory Issues

These insects not only cause respiratory issues, they can also aggravate them. The saliva that a cockroach excretes contains several allergens that can trigger rashes and sneezing fits. If you are constantly doing both, chances are you have an infestation in your hands.

You are at a higher risk of an asthma attack as well since roaches can cause severe respiratory complications. In fact, even if you are not allergic to these insects, you can develop an allergy by inhaling their allergens.

When to Call an exterminator for Cockroaches

Here are some of the things you should look out for that point to a cockroach infestation. Contact an exterminator immediately if you see these:

1. You Saw a German Cockroach

If you saw a German rather than an American cockroach in your home, even a single one, you probably have an infestation in your hands. The former have flat bodies and six legs as well as two antennas extending from their heads. The latter don’t grow more than an inch and a half long and are half an inch wide at best. German cockroaches thrive in homes while their American counterparts can usually be found outside.

2. You Saw One Cockroach

If you saw more than one cockroach, don’t breathe a sigh of relief. Roaches are nocturnal and elusive. A single one outside may be looking for food or space may be at a premium in the large colony. In either case, you have a large infestation in your hands and should call in the professionals ASAP. Also be on the lookout for cockroach poop. These are black smears that can be found around your cabinets or floors.

3. Your Kids Have Serious Allergies

As mentioned before, cockroaches carry deadly allergens that can aggravate, trigger and cause allergies. If your children are too young to know better, they can easily pick one of these insects up and start to play with them. If they have asthma, playtime can become deadly. The worst thing you can do is spray insecticide in your home yourself. Leave any poison out for those insects and your children can get affected as well. Even though exterminators use chemicals as well, families are asked to vacate the premises first so you will be safe.

4. Your Home Has Moisture Issues

Roaches thrive in moist conditions. If your home has mold issues or the pipes leak frequently, cockroach traps will do nothing to curb an infestation. Constant moisture will trigger a recurrence. Contact professional exterminators so you can get rid of the insects before you get rid of the moisture issues. Chances of a recurrence will be nil then. They will also seal off your home after the extermination job so no cockroaches can enter and multiply into a new infestation.

How Exterminators Get Rid Of Cockroaches

Exterminators will first inspect your property before developing a strategy, techniques, and tools that can get rid of the infestation completely. For example, the skilled professionals at Sniper Termite and Pest Control will first inspect your bathrooms, kitchen, and closets before applying an exterminating solution to baseboards and other problem areas. Don’t worry. The solutions they use are pet friendly so they will be safe. But it would be better if you and your family live elsewhere till they are done. The exterior of the house will be treated first and then they will get to work on the interior. Once the whole house has been treated, the professional technicians will seal off cracks and crevices that may otherwise lead to another infestation.

Contact Sniper Termite and Pest Control for an Inspection Today!

So when to call an exterminator for roaches? ASAP. If you have a busy schedule, chances are that a well-aimed shoe may be the extent of your cockroach extermination practices. It will not even put a dent in the infestation. Hire professional exterminators from Sniper Termite and Pest Control for a holistic and lasting solution to your pest problem. Our job isn’t done when we leave the premises. Schedule regular exterminations and you will never see those roaches in your home again.

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