How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Framingham Home

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As a Framingham homeowner, you know that sooner or later, you'll have to deal with a pest or two in your home. Mice, silverfish, and ants, for example, can all enter your house and cause a stir. However, there's one pest that really takes the cake — cockroaches.

Getting rid of cockroaches in your home can be such a hassle. These pests know how to hide away in the smallest places, making them impossible to find. In this blog, we'll explore how to identify a cockroach infestation, why it's dangerous to live with them, and which Framingham pest control company to call to get rid of them for good.

How To Tell If You Have A Cockroach Infestation In Your Home 

At first, it can be difficult to tell if you have a cockroach infestation or if just a few got into your cereal boxes. However, it's likely that even if you only spot one or two, it won't be long before there are hundreds of them. Each egg capsule a cockroach produces contains about 16 eggs, and they can produce about two a week. Depending on how long they've been around without you noticing, a lot more can be hiding or waiting to hatch. 

There are, however, some telltale signs of a cockroach infestation in your home. Some things to look for include:

  • Cockroach droppings on countertops, windowsills, floors, or in cabinets. Cockroach droppings look a bit like a sprinkling of black pepper. Finding it in places where you likely didn't spill any pepper is a sure sign they are present.
  • Cockroach legs, cockroach exoskeletons, or cockroach egg sacs in your home.
  • A peculiar musty odor you can't get rid of and isn't coming from an obvious place, like your trash can.
  • Suddenly development of allergy-like symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, or a runny nose.

If you find any of these signs, you likely have an infestation and need pest control help.

Why It Is Considered Dangerous To Have Roaches In Your House

For the most part, cockroaches seem harmless; they don't bite and really only want to eat your food. If you look a bit closer, though, you'll see that having cockroaches in your house is more than just a nuisance. These little buggers are dangerous because they pose some serious health risks. 

For starters, cockroaches can spread bacteria and other pathogens that they pick up on their bodies. They also often carry a handful of diseases they can transmit to you, especially if they invade your food supply.

Cockroaches also cause severe allergies for some people and can even trigger asthma attacks.

How Cockroaches Find Their Way Into Your Home 

Like most pests, cockroaches can find their way into your home in several ways, most commonly through cracks and crevices that aren't sealed properly on the exterior of your house. They can also make their way in by crawling through drains and broken vents. In addition, cockroaches may even find their way into your home through your trash can. If not cleaned properly, they could latch on and wait for an opportune time to show themselves.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your House

Sealing up any holes around your home and keeping it clean are two good ways of preventing cockroaches from hanging around, but more is needed. The best way to get rid of cockroaches is to hire cockroach pest control in Framingham. At WPC Pest and Termite Control, we understand what it takes to fully exterminate cockroaches from your home for good, and we're ready for the job. If you're dealing with an infestation, don't waste your time and money on DIY solutions that don't do any good. Call us today for a consultation.