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The Problems of Household Cockroaches and How to Prevent Them


Although there are many different types of pests that can invade the home, one of the more common are cockroaches. Not only can they be a nuisance to have inside of the home, they can also endanger your health and the health of your family as well. It is important to understand how to treat an issue with cockroaches once it exists and to learn how to prevent it so the issue is kept to a minimum.

At Big Time Pest Control, we offer everything you need to keep unwanted invaders out of the house. Regardless of whether it is roaches, spiders, ants or even rodents, we provide the services to help you win the battle against them all. We offer a wide range of services to our customers, including helping you to prevent the problem from occurring again in the future.

What Type of Cockroaches Are in Northern California?

Throughout the world, there are approximately 69 different types of cockroaches that are commonly treated by pest management professionals. In the United States, there are a number of different types that exist but there are four primary types that are seen in Northern California and elsewhere across the nation. Understanding what type of roach has invaded your home can make a difference in the prevention measures that are taken.

German Cockroach

The most common type of cockroach found in households is the German cockroach, and it can be quite difficult to treat. Both male and female are similar in appearance, with two dark stripes down their back. The nymphs also have two dark stripes that are just behind the head. An adult German cockroach is approximately 3/4 inch long and light brown in color. They can be found throughout the household, although they prefer warm, damp areas such as the bathroom and kitchen.

American Cockroach

The American cockroach is larger than the German cockroach, and the adult is typically about 1 1/2 inches long. They are reddish brown color. The American cockroach tends to stay in damp areas outside, such as in sewers, but they can come indoors as well. The male and female American cockroaches look the same, and they have wings that cover their abdominal area.

Brown Banded Cockroach

This is a smaller cockroach approximately 1/2 inch long and light brown in color. They prefer drier areas of the home and can be found in closets, in the furniture and in other areas. An adult banded cockroach has two pale bands at the base of the wings.

Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental cockroach is typically found outside but they can sometimes come indoors in the basement areas or through the sewer pipes. They are approximately 1 1/4 inch long, black in color with short wings.

What Are the Dangers of Household Cockroaches?

Not only are cockroaches an unsightly problem in the home, they are also a danger to your health and the health of those who live in your household. The following are just a few of the issues that may occur when you have a cockroach infestation.


Cockroaches could easily spread disease in the household, contaminating the environment by leaving behind both bacteria and droppings. Some of the bacteria could even include strains that are resistant to antibiotics. A common type of bacteria that may be spread by cockroaches is salmonella, a bacteria associated with food poisoning.


As cockroaches scurry about your home, they tend to drop parts of their body that easily become airborne along with dust in your home. Known as "cockroach allergens," they are a major contributor of issues such as asthma, allergies and a vast array of breathing difficulties. Some of the symptoms that may be associated with exposure to cockroach allergens include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, respiratory symptoms that don't go away and a skin rash.

What Can You Do to Prevent Cockroaches in the Home?

There are a number of preventative measures that can be taken to prevent a problem with household cockroaches. If you already have an issue, you can call on the services of Big Time Pest Control to exterminate the infestation and start you at square one. We have the experience and the treatment options necessary to ensure your home is cockroach free. We can also establish a preventative program to keep them from coming back in the home as well.

A number of preventative measures can also be taken by homeowners to ensure that their household is roach free consistently. These items are above and beyond what may be offered by a pest control company and they work in conjunction with their regular services.

Keep It Clean

If there is one thing you can do to reduce a problem with cockroaches to a minimum, it is keeping the home clean. Cleaning it one time may not be enough, you might need to clean it multiple times, especially in areas where the cockroaches tend to congregate. They will be looking for food and water, so keep a lid on any food and take away their source of water if possible. This will include fixing any water leaks that exist.

Keep It Cool

Most species of cockroaches that come into the home prefer a moist, warm environment. If you keep the home as cool as possible, you are presenting an inhospitable environment to the cockroaches and making it less likely that they will stick around.

Keep It Sealed

Many cockroaches will continue to come in from the outside when the need arises. They will do so in search of food and water. Look for areas where the cockroach can enter the home and seal them. This will help to reduce the problem of any future infestations.

At Big Time Pest Control, we want to ensure that your home is cockroach free. We can also manage many other common household pests that may be a problem in your area as well. Contact us today for more information and a free quote. We would be happy to help you to be happy with your home.

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