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What are Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects belonging to the order Blattodea, known for their resilient nature and ability to adapt to various environments. They have been around for millions of years and are considered one of the oldest and most primitive insect groups on Earth. Cockroaches are often associated with unsanitary conditions and can pose health risks to humans due to their potential to spread diseases.
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Physical Characteristics:

Cockroaches have several distinctive physical features that set them apart from other insects:

  • Flat, Oval-Shaped Body: Cockroaches have a flattened, oval-shaped body that allows them to squeeze into narrow cracks and crevices.

  • Long, Slender Antennae: Cockroaches have long, slender antennae that they use to sense their environment and detect potential threats or food sources.

  • Six Legs: Like all insects, cockroaches have six legs that enable them to move quickly and navigate their surroundings.

  • Dark Brown Coloration: Most cockroach species have a dark brown or reddish-brown coloration, although some species may appear lighter or darker depending on their habitat.


Cockroaches are highly adaptable insects that can be found in a wide range of environments, including:

  • Indoor Environments: Cockroaches are common pests in homes, restaurants, hotels, and other indoor spaces where they can find food, water, and shelter.

  • Outdoor Environments: Cockroaches also inhabit outdoor areas such as gardens, garbage dumps, and sewers, where they feed on organic matter and seek out warm, moist hiding spots.


Cockroaches exhibit several behaviors that contribute to their success as pests:

  • Nocturnal Activity: Cockroaches are primarily nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night when they forage for food and seek out mates.

  • Scavenging: Cockroaches are opportunistic scavengers that feed on a wide range of organic matter, including food scraps, garbage, and decaying plant material.

  • Rapid Reproduction: Cockroaches reproduce quickly, with females capable of producing large numbers of eggs in a relatively short period. This rapid reproductive rate allows cockroach populations to grow rapidly in favorable conditions.

Health Risks:

Cockroaches can pose several health risks to humans:

  • Disease Transmission: Cockroaches can carry and transmit a variety of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause diseases such as salmonellosis, dysentery, and food poisoning.

  • Allergies: Cockroach feces, saliva, and shed skins contain proteins that can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals, leading to symptoms such as asthma, eczema, and rhinitis.

  • Contamination: Cockroaches can contaminate food, water, and surfaces with their feces, saliva, and body parts, posing a risk of foodborne illness and other infections.

Control and Prevention:

Preventing and controlling cockroach infestations requires a multi-faceted approach that includes:

  • Sanitation: Keeping indoor and outdoor areas clean and free of food debris, spills, and standing water can help deter cockroaches from infesting your home or property.

  • Sealing Entry Points: Blocking potential entry points such as cracks, gaps, and openings around doors, windows, and utility penetrations can help prevent cockroaches from gaining access to your property.

  • Removing Hiding Places: Eliminating clutter, cardboard boxes, and other potential hiding places can reduce the likelihood of cockroach infestations by removing harborage sites.

  • Professional Treatment: In severe infestations or persistent cockroach problems, professional pest control services may be necessary to effectively eliminate cockroaches and prevent future infestations.




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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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