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Cockroach Extermination in Modesto Ca

Cockroaches are disgusting creatures. They invade your space, seek out the same food sources that we eat, carry bacteria, and freak you out in the middle of the night. In fact, when most of us think about a bug problem, we picture cockroaches.

In Modesto, cockroaches are a very common problem. They breed quickly, they’re highly invasive, and they can be hard to exterminate. Fortunately, at Official Pest, we are highly experienced in exterminating cockroaches and putting measures in place to keep them away permanently.

These creatures can carry diseases and by invading our pantries, kitchens, other food sources, they can spread diseases that we or our family members can pick up. 

Currently, there are around 4,000 species of cockroaches throughout the world and 70 that we know about in the United States.

Below we’ll discuss the most common cockroaches we find in Modesto.

American Cockroach

The American cockroach, also known as the “palmetto bug” ranges in size from 1 to 2 inches in length. It has an oval shaped body, a reddish-brown color, and a lighter-colored pail head with small wings. They’ll enter your home through drains, sewers, under doors, and anywhere else they can squeeze in. They’re commonly found in restaurants, bakeries, and anywhere else there is food in abundance. This includes your kitchen and food supplies.

Treating American cockroaches typically comes down to first identifying how they’re entering your home and patching up those entryways. We also exterminate the infestation within your home and put up invisible barriers to completely keep them out of your house.

Since these roaches seek out food sources, they can spread bacteria and possibly harmful diseases. The signs of the American cockroach include actually seeing the insect, finding droppings that resemble mouse droppings, egg capsules are sometimes found near food sources, and they often have a musty smell.


German Cockroach

The German cockroach is by far the most common cockroach we find in Modesto and in the Central Valley as a whole. They range from about 1/2-1 inch in length, have a light brown color, oval-shaped bodies, and small wings.

We commonly find them in homes, restaurants, all forms of food processing facilities, hotels, and anywhere else that humans dwell. They prefer a warm, humid environment with close access to food. You may also find them in your bathroom which is a common habitat for them.

Our best advice for homeowners is to look for their presence around food, droppings which resemble pepper can be found on countertops or in drawers,  and you may detect a musty odor when there is a larger infestation.

Preventing these cockroaches comes down to proper food storage, sanitizing often, and avoiding food being left out or piled up dishes.


Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental Cockroach is also known as a waterbug since they have a high proclivity towards water. They typically range between 1-1 ¼ inches in length and have a dark reddish-brown color. You will often find the Oriental Cockroach outside, near bodies of water.

They often enter your home by coming in through gaps under doors, through pipes, sewers, and drains.

The most common signs are actually spotting the Oriental Cockroach, noticing egg capsules which are dark brown or red in color, and a musty odor that can happen when there is a large infestation.

Preventing the Oriental cockroach comes down to properly sanitizing your home. This includes vacuuming often, avoiding food being left out, not letting dishes pile up, and preventing moisture buildup in or around your home. You want to seal any possible entry point, install door sweeps, and look for any spots that would be large enough for them to squeeze into your house.

If you think you have a cockroach infestation of any kind give us a call now for an inspection.

Preventing And Controlling Cockroaches

There are a few highly valuable steps you can take to prevent and control cockroaches in and around your home including: 

  • Clean up all trash that’s outside of your home and ensure there are no piles of trash in your yard. 
  • Put traps around your home – especially around food sources, in pantries, and under counters, if you’ve seen cockroaches around your home. 
  • Ensure your doors and windows are properly sealed to prevent roaches from entering your home. You may want to install door sweeps if you don’t already have them. 
  • Properly seal and store food in containers that they can’t easily access.
  • Make sure your trash cans have tightly fitting lids.
  • Clean up your kitchen and make sure there are no crumbs leftover. You may want to wipe down counters, sweep and vacuum each night before bed. Cockroaches feed at night so you want to make sure there are no food sources for them when you go to bed in the evening.
  • Call a professional if you have more than a few cockroaches. They can form into an infestation quickly and once this happens, you absolutely must call professionals to perform an extermination and help you remove the problem.

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