Pests: Cockroaches

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Where They Live

dark, warm, and moist areas

About the Pest:

Cockroaches have an amazing ability to adapt and survive and are consequently one of the most ancient insects. They eat almost anything and can squeeze into virtually any area, including doorways, windows, utility lines and even sewers. Cockroaches are nocturnal and prefer dark, warm, and moist areas.

Contrary to what many believe, we do have cockroaches in Utah. We have German, Oriental, and some Brown-banded cockroaches. German Cockroaches are not only ugly, but they spread germs, smell and can contaminate food and utensils. They can spread diseases such as dysentery, diarrhea and food poisoning. Many humans have an allergic reaction to German cockroaches.

How to Control:

Sanitation is essential when controlling cockroaches. Tightly seal food and remove garbage, food scraps and crumbs. Fix water leaks and remove bottles and cans. Chemicals can control and eliminate cockroaches if applied correctly, but sanitation goes a long way toward eliminating these well-adapting pests from your home.