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Roaches are horrible house guests. If you've heard them or seen them in your home, we're sure you agree. But you probably don't know the half of it. Cockroaches are far worse than you can imagine. Here are a few things you may not know about cockroaches that will make it clear why it is important to call a professional when you see them.

1. Cockroaches are filthy.

Before cockroaches climb around in your kitchen and pantry, they climb around in some other places you would definitely not climb around in. They get into dumpsters. They climb around in compost piles. They hang out in sewer pipes. They squeeze into the greasy gap between your oven and your wall. So when they walk on dishes, pans, silverware, and food-prep surfaces, they can deposit harmful bacteria, parasites, and pathogens.

2. Cockroaches eat filthy things.

A cockroach will eat some extraordinarily disgusting things. They'll feed on dog feces in the backyard or cat feces in your litter box. They'll feed on organic, gelatinous sludge in the bottom of your trash receptacles. They'll nibble on a rotting banana on your compost pile. They'll feed on the rotting carcass of a dead animal. So when they get into your stored foods, the droppings they leave can cause serious sickness. You should never allow these insects to live in your home.

3. Cockroaches are highly mobile.

Have you ever seen a cockroach run up a wall and across a ceiling without slowing down? Have you ever seen a cockroach compress its body and squeeze through a gap a third its size? Have you ever seen a tiny cockroach come out of an eye on your outlet? These insects can get around! This means they're able to get into sensitive locations and cause contamination that can lead to illness.

4. Cockroaches are resilient.

You've probably heard that cockroaches are likely to be the only creatures that will survive an all-out nuclear conflict. This is because they are resistant to high levels of radiation. As it turns out, they're resistant to a lot of things, including many pesticides homeowners throw at them. If you try to kill those dirty insects with chemicals, you're likely to be disappointed.

5. Cockroaches are difficult to get rid of.

Not only are cockroaches resilient, they have behavior patterns that protect them from extermination, such as threat avoidance. If you don't apply pest control properly, you may drive cockroaches deeper into your walls. Worse, you may think you stopped your infestation, while roaches continue to live in your home and cause sickness for your family.

6. Pest control professionals are equipped to stop cockroaches.

A cockroach infestation is a serious health threat that should be addressed with appropriate pest control. Pest control professionals are licensed and certified individuals who have the training and experience to exterminate cockroaches and make sure all the cockroaches in your home have been eliminated. When it comes to this pest threat, you should not settle for anything less.

7. If you see cockroaches in your home, you probably have a large infestation.

Cockroaches do not like to be seen. When they are seen, especially in the daytime, it is because the population of cockroaches in your home has outgrown the availability of food resources and those roaches must take more chances to find food. Bold cockroaches will search in the daytime while their competition sleeps. So, if you've "seen" a cockroach in your home, now is the time to call a licensed professional.

Are you having trouble with cockroaches in Massachusetts or Connecticut? Find out if you're in our service area. The pest control professionals at American Pest Solutions are highly trained and experienced technicians with all the licenses and certifications required to give you the best pest control available. American Pest Solutions has been providing quality pest control since 1913. That's over a century of experience. You can trust our team to get the job done right the first time. And cockroaches are definitely insects you want to make sure you get the first time.

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