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Cockroaches In Oklahoma City Could Be Making Your Allergies Worse

February 20, 2023

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When you find yourself at the mercy of allergies and are desperately looking for the trigger, do you keep an eye out for cockroaches? You should! It may sound strange, but cockroach allergies are a genuine (and common) problem. 

Our cockroach pros at Epoch Pest Solutions got together to write everything you need to know about this strange, fascinating, and often overlooked aspect of cockroach infestations. Read our post below to learn more and how to keep yourself safe. And when you want to exterminate roaches in your home, let us take care of your Oklahoma City pest control needs.

Species Of Cockroaches That Commonly Invade Oklahoma City Homes

Before we get to the allergy, let's take a moment to talk about cockroach identification. Here are the most common types of cockroaches you'll find around Oklahoma City:

  • German cockroach: The most common roach in Oklahoma City and the United States. Its body is light brownish and can grow up to 1/2 inch long.

  • Oriental cockroach: Has a black, shiny appearance with a fat, round body. Grows up to 1 inch in length. 

  • American cockroach: These amber-colored cockroaches can grow to 2 inches and have wings. The adults can even fly short distances!

Identifying cockroaches is key to planning and executing effective treatment options, but don't fret if you're not up to the task. Epoch Pest Solutions can identify any roach in your home as part of our free inspection services. 

Cockroaches Trigger Allergies And Spread Disease

The two characteristics of cockroaches related to allergies are their saliva and waste. Though harmless themselves, both contain a protein that causes your immune system to react and launch a defense against what it misconceives as a threat, causing symptoms like:

  • Breathing difficulties

  • Ear and sinus infections

  • Itchy skin

  • Excessive coughing

Of course, allergies aren't the only way roaches can affect your health. They can spread disease by contaminating food, water, and anything they touch. Call the Epoch Pest Solutions team immediately if you see even one roach.

How Can I Prevent Cockroaches From Getting Inside My Home?

Simply put, cockroaches enter our homes to increase their chances of surviving. When temperatures drop, they need a warm environment that provides food and water. But an infestation doesn't have to happen to you. Here's how to keep cockroaches out of your house:

  • Seal cracks and holes in the walls and foundation of your house

  • Always keep your food in closed, airtight containers

  • Fix leaks around the house

  • Keep your garbage cans closed tight

  • Pick up the clutter in your home to remove possible hiding places

  • Keep your sink drains free of food 

At Epoch Pest Solutions, we know how to deter cockroaches, and we're happy to pass on that knowledge to all our customers. As we work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits you, we'll also identify the conditions that may have brought the roaches inside and where they could have entered. It's all part of the mission to help Oklahoma homeowners protect themselves from pest infestations.

The Most Effective Way to Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Home

Do you spray oils or chemicals? Will enough light send them packing? Or is there a particular style of trap that acts as a cockroach silver bullet? There are many options at your disposal, but for the best results, you need professional cockroach control services

We're more than pest control experts: we're partners who put customer concerns first. From inspection to completion, your input influences everything that we do. So let's talk about your pest problem! Contact Epoch Pest Solutions today to schedule an inspection and estimate.