There are four common kinds of cockroaches found in the Eastern United States:

  • German cockroach
  • Brown-banded cockroach
  • American cockroach
  • Oriental Cockroach

Since cockroaches have been around for over 300 million years, and their fossils are pretty much the same as living roaches today, it is clear how these bugs have an uncanny ability to survive and thrive. For this reason, it is not surprising how many we find in homes and businesses throughout Michigan and Boston.

Habitat and Behavior

Except for size, all cockroaches are similar in overall appearance and shape.  All cockroaches harbor in dark, warm, and moist areas within the home and are mostly nocturnal. The most convenient harborage, in and around refrigerators, stoves, under sinks, and cabinets, provides both protection and usually plenty of food.

One way to gauge the level of roach infestation is to monitor if roaches are seen during daylight hours. The only way for roaches to be out during the day is because there isn’t any room left for them in the wall voids and other dark harborage areas. Keeping the home under the highest sanitary circumstances will limit your home’s susceptibility to getting roaches.

Tips to Prevent Cockroaches from Getting Inside

Cockroaches get inside through cracks and crevices in the home’s foundation or other entry points. You can reduce the chances of a cockroach infestation by eliminating easy entry points for them, and reducing the appeal of your home to them by eliminating food and shelter opportunities.

  • Make sure to seal all spots around the home of the smallest width. Like many pests, roaches compress their bodies and and squeeze into tiniest of cracks.
  • Roaches may also enter the home through traditional entrances such as open doors and windows.
  • To help keep cockroaches out, make sure organic material is kept away from the homes foundation. Remove rotting leaves and make sure landscaping is kept to good standards.
  • Make sure garbage is disposed of before nightfall and that lids are always firmly in place.
  • Keep food in tightly sealed containers and keep bags of pet food in plastic bins.
  • Keep counters and floors as clean as possible, periodically cleaning kitchen and bathroom areas.
  • Dehumidify any moist area in the home.  During the summers in Michigan and Massachusetts, all basements should have a good operating dehumidifier.
  • Make sure there are no leaky pipes and vacuum the home frequently.
  • Remove firewood stacked around the home or garage, patios, or porches.

What proof. Professionals Do To Get Rid Of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are almost impossible to control without a professional that has the correct products, tools, and know-how.  We offer a special Residential Roach Control Service designed to aggressively get rid of current roaches and eliminate new ones from replacing them. Call today to speak with a roach expert and learn how it works!


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