Cockroach Control & Removal in Illinois
Have you noticed an increase in insect activity in your home or business? Have you seen cockroaches scurrying across your kitchen or bathroom floor or noticed small deposits of pepper-like fecal matter? If so, you may be facing a cockroach infestation. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has the experience, resources, and expertise to remove cockroaches from your home. Based in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, we partner with commercial and residential clients across Northern Illinois to solve their invasive cockroach problems. Call us today at (847) 870-7175.
The incredible adaptability and durability of the cockroach has resulted in them being one of earth’s longest surviving creatures. Certain species are able to survive for extended periods of time without air or nourishment, endure extreme climates, and even survive for a period without their heads. They are one of the most prolific and common insect pests encountered in urban and suburban areas.
Cockroaches vary in size and appearance depending on species, though the types most common to Northern Illinois – American, German, oriental, and brown-banded – are black or brown in color and range in length from half an inch to just over two inches. They have broad, flat bodies, small heads with antennae, and wings that are functional in some species and vestigial in others. Both the American cockroach and the male brown-banded cockroach are capable of flight while German and oriental cockroaches are not.
Omnivorous scavengers, cockroaches will forage for whatever food source is available to them. Most varieties prefer a diet of organic material, including fermented food and excrement, though they will subsist on any convenient material of nutritional value from envelope glue to nylon stockings.
The habitat of a cockroach often depends on the nutritional preference of the species. Generally, they seek out warm, dark areas. Varieties like the German, oriental, and American cockroach tend to harbor in areas with an ample supply of moisture like kitchens, bathrooms, basements, near water pipes, and in drains, while the brown-banded cockroach requires less hydration and is typically found in ceilings, furniture, and behind light switch plates. Structures that have areas with an accumulation of garbage or debris are more likely to house these insects. Cockroaches can enter buildings via doors, through unscreened vents, sewers, through pipe and utility line openings, and stowed away in delivery boxes. Migration into a building is often caused by flooding or an extreme drop in temperature.
Cockroach Damage and Health Concerns
If you suspect you may be dealing with a cockroach problem, it must be addressed immediately. While cockroaches don’t cause structural damage, they can stain walls with their fecal matter as well as pose serious sanitation and health issues. Cockroaches are carriers of disease, accumulating bacteria like salmonella on their legs which is then deposited into the food supply where they are scavenging. They also emit malodorous secretions that alter the flavoring of food. Anything edible that has been contaminated by a cockroach presence must be disposed of, which can lead to a huge loss of revenue for companies specializing in food service. In addition to food-related health hazards, dust containing cockroach fecal matter and exoskeletons has been known to cause serious asthmatic reactions.
Contact a Pest Insect Expert
If you are experiencing a cockroach infestation problem, contact a pest control specialist by calling (847) 870-7175. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. has over 40 years of experience helping the homeowners, businesses, property managers, and municipalities of Northern Illinois solve their nuisance wildlife and cockroach control problems. Our helpful, knowledgeable staff is trained in pest management and will be able to accurately identify the species of cockroach inhabiting your property as well as assist you in creating a species specific plan to remove the cockroaches from your home and prevent future invasion.
ABC Humane Wildlife Service Area
ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. is a pest insect and nuisance wildlife control provider based in Arlington Heights, IL. For more than three decades, we have served the members of Chicagoland’s commercial and residential community by resolving their invasive insect and animal issues. Below is a list of areas in which we have assisted home and business owners. This list is not exhaustive. If you are facing a wildlife or pest situation and are located in Northern Illinois, please contact us today by calling (847) 870-7175.
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