The Filth Pest

Cockroaches have a reputation for thriving in dirty, unhygienic environments — but the truth is, these pests can be found in virtually any environment. They are hardy and adaptive which makes them difficult to treat at home. The Dodson Pest Control team breaks down what you need to know about roaches so you can respond to an infestation appropriately.  When left unchecked, cockroach infestations can rapidly overtake a property. Dodson Pest Control uses liquid and bait treatments to tackle roach problems quickly and effectively.

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Cockroach FAQs

What do cockroaches look like?

Cockroaches have flat, oval-shaped bodies with long antennae and legs. Common species like German, American, and Brown-banded cockroaches range from light brown to reddish-brown in color, often with darker markings on their backs.

How big do cockroaches get?

Cockroach size varies by species. German cockroaches are 1/2 to 5/8 inches long. American cockroaches, one of the largest species, can reach up to 2 inches long.

Do cockroaches fly?

Some cockroach species like American and Smoky Brown cockroaches have wings and can fly short distances. Others like German cockroaches have wings but rarely fly.

Where do cockroaches live?

Cockroaches live in warm, moist environments close to food sources. They are commonly found in homes, restaurants, grocery stores, sewers, and anywhere food is present.

What do cockroaches eat?

Cockroaches are omnivores and will eat almost anything — food crumbs, grease, starch, meat products, pet food, book bindings, and even dead insects or feces.

How long do cockroaches live?

It varies from species to species, but contrary to popular culture, cockroaches can die — they usually live for less than two years.

How do cockroaches get inside homes?

Cockroaches enter through cracks, holes, drains, under doors, and around pipes and wiring. They can be brought inside in boxes, grocery bags, and on used furniture or appliances.

Do cockroaches bite?

While cockroaches are not aggressive, they can bite humans if handled or disturbed. Their bites are rarely serious but can cause irritation, swelling, and risk of infection.

How do you get rid of cockroaches?

Eliminating food sources, moisture, and entry points is key. For severe infestations, baits, traps, insecticides, and professional extermination may be required.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches can spread bacteria, trigger asthma and allergies, and contaminate food. Their presence indicates unsanitary conditions that allow them to thrive