Very few bugs instill the horror produced by cockroaches living in your home. These insects are one of the most common pests found in Louisiana, and anyone dealing with them has plenty of questions. We have created this FAQ about cockroaches to help you better understand your infestation.


How do I know whether I have an infestation in my home?

It is important to understand that roaches tend to avoid contact with humans. If you are able to see cockroaches in your home, this is a good indication that you have an infestation. When large populations of roaches are present, it will force some out during daylight hours to find food and water in the overcrowded space.

Are there any signs of cockroaches other than seeing them?

There are a few different signs that may indicate a cockroach problem. If you see eggs, excrement, molted skin, or brownish smears, these are all good indications. Additionally, you may notice areas of damage that are caused by the roaches as they try to eat items in your home.

What do cockroaches eat?

Cockroaches eat a wide variety of materials, including foods, starches, pastes, paper, and glues.

Can cockroaches make you sick?

It is possible for cockroaches to cause allergic reactions, but the bug itself does not make you sick. Instead, the cockroach can carry and transfer germs and bacteria from one area to another, helping to spread illnesses and diseases. If you notice that you or other members of your family seem to get sick more often than usual, or experience more allergic reactions without knowing the cause, this can be a sign of a cockroach infestation – especially if you notice any of the other signs mentioned above.

How did cockroaches get in my home?

Cockroaches are attracted to food and water sources, and they can fit through very small cracks and crevices. If the pests detect the presence of readily available food, they will find their way in so that they can get to the source.

It is also possible that a visitor to your home carried them in with their belongings. Cockroaches can hide nearly anywhere, including diaper and overnight bags, books, furniture, appliances, and electronics.

Do cockroaches infest clean homes?

Cockroaches can infest clean and dirty homes. If there is a food and water source, cockroaches will try to enter any home – including the cleanest ones. If you have any food sources out in the open, or areas of standing water or dampness, these will attract roaches.

How can I prevent cockroaches?

Cockroach prevention is difficult considering their small size. You should make sure that there are no visible cracks around your doors, windows, and foundation. If any are visible, take the time to caulk or fill them. You should also make sure that trash containers are stored away from your home, and that there is no food, dirty dishes, or open pet food containers lying around to attract these pests.

Why do I need an exterminator to get rid of cockroaches?

While there are traps and insecticides available that you can purchase to get rid of roaches, if you already have an infestation these are typically not effective. Infestations can contain hundreds of the pests, and they can be living in the walls, appliances, and other hard to reach areas. An exterminator knows the signs and tools required to make sure that all of the insects are eliminated from your home.

If you have a cockroach problem, Sugarland Exterminating can help. Don’t wait until your home is overrun before seeking out professional help; call us today to get your infestation under control.