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How to Get Rid of Roaches

There are many types of cockroaches in Missouri. The two most common type of roaches are the german cockroach and the American cockroach. When serious infestation s are present a strong odor might be noticed. Dead cockroaches are found close to where they hide. Young roaches are usually seen crawling on floors, running up kitchen cabinet interiors, and hiding in cracks and crevices near their food source.

Feces from cockroaches is easily seen during an infestation. Young roaches and nymphs produce feces that look like coffee grounds or black pepper. Larger roach species like American, Australian, and Pennsylvania Woods leave behind droppings larger and more cylindrical like a mouse. The amount of feces in an area is a positive sign of the level of infestation.

Get Rid Of Roaches

Roaches are nocturnal creatures that prefer feeding when its dark. Cockroaches like to hide during the day. If you do spot one during the day there is a good possibility of infestation in your home or business.

American Cockroaches typically enter your home through tiny cracks and crevices in the foundation or concrete slab. While professional pest control is needed to get rid of cockroach infestations effectively, there are a few steps you can take to prevent infestations from happening. 

Some methods in which Pest professionals provide roach control is roach bait, liquid sprays and sticky traps.


German, American and Oriental cockroaches’ feces contain proteins that in some people produce allergic reactions. In densely populated cities, researchers have identified a direct connection between the presence of cockroach infestations and the onset of asthma attacks.


In order to get rid of cockroaches a combined effort on the part you and your pest professional are required. Cockroach infestations can worsen when homeowners try to get rid of roaches on their own.  The misuse of retail products can cause populations of cockroaches to spread out and increase the initial size of the infestation.

Steps to prevent cockroaches from infesting your home or business

  • Dishes should always be washed, dried and then put away.
  • Food must never be left on counter tops or tables.
  • Old plumbing lines and other potential leaks should be corrected.
  • Garbage and food scraps need to be taken out each day.
  • Any holes or cracks in ceilings bases and walls need sealed or repaired.
  • If you’re living in an apartment building and see signs of an infestation you should immediately report it to the superintendent or property manager immediately.
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