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Seeing a cockroach scurry across your floor when you turn on a light can be a literal nightmare for some people. Your first thought, after letting out a scream, is usually to call an exterminator. Before tackling a roach infestation, it is important to know what species of cockroaches have invaded your home. Each type of cockroach may have a different extermination plan so knowing what certain species of cockroaches look like can be helpful. The most common types of cockroaches found in South Carolina are American, Brown-banded, Oriental, and German cockroaches.
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Cockroaches are a common pest a homeowner might have to deal with, making identifying a cockroach and knowing the different types of cockroaches that may invade your home important. Although each species have its slight differences, all cockroaches share a few main characteristics. If you have a known bug, here are cockroach characteristics to tell if you’re dealing with a roach:
- Small head
- A single set of antennae
- Wide, flat, oval-shaped body,
- Six legs
- One set of wings
- Fast moving
You will usually find cockroaches in warm, humid, and dark areas, such as behind appliances, under sinks, inside walls, and in piles of clutter around your home. They are nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the night and will search your home looking for food in the dark. Cockroaches are known to eat almost everything from your food to paper goods, dead insects, hair, and decaying matter.
Signs of a Cockroach Infestation
Due to their nocturnal nature, it can sometimes be difficult to spot a cockroach to know if you have an infestation but there are a few signs they leave behind. Signs you might have a cockroach infestation include:
- Pepper or coffee-like droppings
- New musty smell in your home
- Finding skin casts
- Seeing egg cases
- Smear marks along floors and walls
Getting Rid of Cockroaches
Even though cockroaches are fairly common pests many homeowners deal with, it does not mean a cockroach infestation should be taken lightly. They are extremely dirty pests that are known to spread bacteria and diseases. Due to the health risks you can face having a cockroach infestation, it is important to quickly and expertly deal with infestations. At-home remedies and products sold at big box stores are not always able to completely rid a home of an infestation, leading to increased health risks not to mention wasted money and headaches trying to fully eliminate these pests. Calling an experienced, trusted exterminator, like those at Rocket Pest, can help you not only rid your home of pests but teach you how to prevent further infestations. Call now 864-232-2406 or have a staff reach out with a free estimate.