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Does Seeing One Cockroach In My Plano Home Mean I Have An Infestation?

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While no pest is enjoyable to have around the house, cockroaches are a special kind of pest that is particularly loathed. Part of the reason why they’re so unpopular is how hard they are to kill. Unlike other pests, roaches have shown a surprising ability to adapt to various pest control methods, which makes for a fairly stressful environment for the people residing in the home.

In addition to overall toughness, there are multiple breeds of cockroaches in the Plano area. The breeds common to the Plano area are:

  • German Cockroach: This breed has wings and glides rather than flying like some other species. They’re noted for their tan-to-black coloring with dark stripes over their heads and wings. You’ll likely find this breed more than most in Plano since they can’t stand the cold. In addition, this is one of the breeds that have built resistance to various pesticides.
  • American Cockroach: Usually found in restaurants, this breed can also end up in your home thanks to the sewer system. They’re reddish-brown and can fly. In addition to flight, they’re fairly fast, which makes treatment difficult.
  • Oriental Cockroach: You’ll find this breed in cool and dark areas of the house. Leaky pipes, appliances, and the basement are all potential hot spots. Keep in mind this cockroach is considered to be the filthiest of the roaches thanks to its habits. You can further identify this one by its dark brown or glossy black coloring.
  • Brown-Banded Cockroach: As the name implies, this breed has brown bands running across its body. They avoid light as much as possible and require less moisture than other species, which makes tracking and eliminating virtually impossible on your own.

Problems And Dangers

The good news is that cockroaches aren’t a direct threat to people. Unfortunately, they still present significant problems for people when left unchecked. A cockroach is a scavenger, which means they can and will eat nearly anything. They often will seek out the garbage and other disgusting things to dine on.

These habits mean they pick up a range of bacteria and pathogens in their travels before they even make it inside your home. However, when they do make it inside, they spread those germs wherever they end up. As such, your silverware drawer, the cupboards, floors, and even the counters are all fair game.

Besides the germs on their bodies, cockroaches also leave behind droppings, which translates to even more of a threat to your health. Some illnesses cockroaches can cause include salmonella, E. Coli, staphylococcus, and streptococcus to name a few.

It’s not just disease that people have to watch out for with cockroach infestations. In large numbers, they’re known to cause asthmatic reactions along with allergy flare-ups. The real problem stems from the fact that it’s never just one or two cockroaches. There is always more hiding where you can’t see. Between their toughness and large numbers, it’s nearly impossible to get rid of them on your own.

Cockroach Control With All-Safe Pest & Termite

At All-Safe Pest & Termite, we’re committed to delivering quality pest management services to both residential and commercial customers in Plano and the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth area. We have serviced over 20,000 customers and look to go even further. Our long history of superior results is what makes us a trusted name in Dallas-Fort Worth pest control.

Are you in need of cockroach prevention services? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.

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