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Have Roaches in Chicago? We Can Help With Your Chicago Cockroach Infestation

There are around 4,600 documented species of cockroaches (Order: Blattodea) in the world — but probably not that many roaches in Chicago and the Glen Ellyn area. Do you have a Chicago cockroach infestation? We use a variety of methods to stop an infestation of roaches in Chicago, including an Insect Growth Regulator chemical to stop roaches from reaching maturity and reproducing. We can help with fast, sometimes same-day, and highly-effective extermination service.

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Cockroaches multiply so fast, if you have them it might feel like you have all 4,600 species living in your walls. German cockroaches (Blattella germanica) are the most common type here in the Chicago suburbs and Glen Ellyn Area and they typically only live indoors where humans reside. The females can even reproduce asexually if there aren’t enough males around. If you’re wondering what you can do on your own to get rid of roaches, check out this article. If this doesn’t work, it’s best to call a professional to exterminate your roach problem. Fox Pest Control is here to help rid your Glen Ellyn Area home of cockroaches once and for all.

Unique Characteristics of Roaches in Chicago

Cockroaches are among the most commonly found pests in Glen Ellyn Area, IL. These insects can be found everywhere, from small homes to larger business establishments and even outdoor areas. Learning about the unique characteristics of these pests is essential for proper roach control and prevention.

  • Cockroach Appearance
    Cockroaches vary in size and color, ranging from deep brown to black. The most common species found in Glen Ellyn are the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) and the German cockroach (B. germanica). American cockroaches are typically larger than German roaches and can measure approximately 4 cm in length. Adult German cockroaches generally measure around 10 to 15 mm long.
  • Chicago-area Cockroach Habits
    Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures that hide during the day and come out to feed during the night. Cockroaches tend to live and hide in dark, moist places such as kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, closets, and crevices where they can find food and water. As highly efficient scavengers, cockroaches eat almost anything, including decaying wood and human hair.
  • Cockroach Reproduction
    Cockroaches reproduce quickly, so it’s crucial to identify and treat an infestation immediately. Depending on the species, female cockroaches can lay up to 40 eggs in a single egg case. They can lay these cases anywhere and hide them in dark places for safekeeping.

Understanding the habits and characteristics of cockroaches in Glen Ellyn is key to proper cockroach control. We offer quality services that can help remove cockroaches from your home. If you think you have a cockroach infestation, it’s important to contact a Fox Pest Control professional for an inspection and treatment plan.

Signs of a Cockroach Infestation Near Chicago

You might already know that you have a cockroach infestation, but here are a few of the most common signs cockroach exterminators in Glen Ellyn Area might see.

Cockroach Droppings

Cockroach droppings are about the size, shape, and color of a grain of black pepper. They’re usually found in the back of drawers or cabinets, behind bookshelves, under ovens or refrigerators, or other obscure, hidden places.

Molted Exoskeletons

Cockroaches shed their skin (exoskeleton) during a process called “molting.” These might look like brown or black shells, and will be found near an infested area.

A Weird Smell

Their exoskeleton (skin) has a musty odor that people can smell, especially in extreme cases of a cockroach infestation.

Live Cockroaches

Cockroaches in Glen Ellyn Area are sometimes found under garbage cans, under refrigerators, or other places. They can be forced to scurry away if their hiding place is discovered. However, cockroaches are extremely terrified of open spaces, so if one runs into the open, it’s a sure sign that there are many, many more lurking – and that you need to call a great cockroach exterminator like Fox Pest Control.

What You Need to Know About Glen Ellyn Area Cockroaches:

  • Cockroaches have an exoskeleton that looks like skin or a shell.
  • Cockroaches in Glen Ellyn Area can be dangerous, as they carry microbial pathogens. 
  • E coli and salmonella are just two such pathogens cockroaches have been known to spread because of the unsanitary places where they hang out. 
  • If you have a cockroach infestation, you’ll typically find them in moist, warm areas, including:
    • The bathroom
    • Inside the walls
    • Under the kitchen sink
    • In your pantry 
    • Your basement floor
    • In or around drains
  • There are thousands of species of cockroaches, but there are a few common ones that you will see in your Glen Ellyn Area home:
    • American Cockroach (P. americana): These reddish-brown pests are found throughout the United States and are often found in basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. They are most active in warm weather, typically 70 degrees and higher.
    • German Cockroach (B. Germinaica): German cockroaches are light brown in appearance and have two dark stripes across their back. They prefer warm, damp places as well as places where people eat. 
    • Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis): These pests are larger than other roaches, and have a shiny black or dark red shell. They are mostly found in the northern United States. They will often be found near drains or other wet areas. 

Here’s How To Prevent Cockroach Infestations in Your Glen Ellyn Area, IL Home

It can be challenging to remove cockroaches from your Glen Ellyn home completely, but there are steps you can take to help prevent an infestation.

The following tips can help keep these pests away:

  1. Keep your home clean. Vacuum and mop often and make sure all kitchen surfaces are wiped down. Cockroaches select food sources that are easily accessible, so keeping surfaces clean can help deter them.
  2. Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly. Make sure to caulk every gap and crack around the house where cockroaches may enter or hide.
  3. Repair plumbing leaks and keep areas dry, as cockroaches thrive in moist environments. These areas should not be allowed to accumulate standing water.
  4. Contact Fox Pest Control for regular pest control services. One of our professionals can inspect your property and determine the best course of action to handle any pests you may have. We also offer the Fox Home Protection Plan, which can protect your home from common pests year-round, including cockroaches.

Don’t let cockroaches take over your home. Contact Fox Pest Control to control roaches today. Our experienced technicians can help you identify and treat an infestation, as well as provide tips on preventing cockroaches from coming back!

For more information on cockroach treatment or to request a free estimate, call Fox Pest Control at (331) 642-8744. We look forward to helping you take back your home.

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Pest Control FAQ

Is it possible to get rid of cockroaches for good?

It’s possible to eliminate a cockroach infestation, but there’s no telling whether they might come back. Roaches are really good at hitchhiking, hiding, and crawling into tiny cracks and crevices.

Do I have cockroaches? What are the common signs of cockroaches?

Cockroaches will leave behind a few signs you can detect. If you spot any of these signs, it’s best to contact professional pest control experts right away:

Fecal spots, which look like tiny black pepper dots that stick to any surface where they were deposited.

A musty smell, which is produced by the keratin of their exoskeletons.

Water streaks, As cockroaches grow, they leave behind smears in little water puddles or moist areas as their abdomen drags along the ground.

Discarded exoskeletons. As a cockroach grows, it sheds its exoskeleton in a process called molting.

Eggshells. Ootheca are egg sacs that hold up to 40 eggs. After the eggs hatch, the ootheca hardens into a shell.

Live cockroaches. Cockroaches hate to be out in the open, prefering to be active at night instead. You might see them when you flip on the light or startle them.

How quickly can cockroaches reproduce?

German cockroaches can multiply extremely fast, which makes them tough to eradicate in Glen Ellyn Area. Females lay an egg sack called an ootheca. Oothecae may contain between 30 and 40 eggs. A German Cockroach can begin to reproduce at 3 month of age and can produce up to 15 oothecae in a lifetime.

How do I know how bad my cockroach infestation is?

If you see a cockroach skitter across the kitchen, you’ve most likely got a massive infestation. Once all the best hiding places are taken, the other cockroaches might push one out and force it to run into the open, which roaches are terrified to do.

What can I do to help get rid of cockroaches?

Follow the helpful hints listed above. Cockroaches are less likely to stick around if there’s no food and few hiding places. That is why frequent, rigorous cleaning is vital. Those methods are most effective when combined with professional pest control.

How long does it take to get results from your cockroach treatments?

Even in Glen Ellyn Area, every situation will be different, but the first few treatments to get rid of cockroaches will not produce results right away. These initial services are designed to root cockroaches out of their hiding places, so you can expect to see an increase in activity at first. As the product takes effect over time, you’ll see fewer and fewer cockroaches.

Which cockroach is the worst kind?

German cockroaches typically only live indoors where humans reside. They breed extremely quickly and are very unsanitary.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches don’t have a sting, they aren’t poisonous or venomous, and they don’t bite.

Cockroaches can spread E. coli, salmonella, and other microbial pathogens by crawling around unsanitary areas and then crawling onto your food, dishes, cutlery, counters, and other places in your house.

Are cockroaches dirty?

Yes, because cockroaches in Glen Ellyn Area don’t mind crawling just about anywhere. For example, a single cockroach might travel through a sewer and then find its way onto your food. In this way, they can spread microbial pathogens like E. coli and salmonella.

What do cockroaches eat?

As opportunistic omnivores, cockroaches will eat just about anything. They can raid food pantries, food storage containers, and even refrigerators.

Are all cockroaches bad? Do cockroaches benefit the environment?

As long as they don’t make their way inside or bother humans, most cockroaches are actually beneficial to the environment by helping with decomposition. Cockroaches will eat almost anything, which helps clean up the earth.

Which types of cockroaches come inside houses?

The most common cockroach species that invade homes are German cockroaches. They have been invading human habitations since ancient times. Unfortunately, for folks in Glen Ellyn Area, they typically only live indoors near where humans reside, which makes them a significant pest problem.

What kinds of cockroaches are there?

There are around 4,600 species of cockroaches in the world. Only a few are regularly found in homes, including the American cockroach, the Australian cockroach, the Oriental or Asian cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, and worst of all, the German cockroach.

Do cockroaches lay eggs? How many eggs do they lay?

German cockroach females produce 30-40 eggs together in an egg sac called an ootheca. That means a single fertilized female could result in a pretty extensive infestation in only a couple of months -- don’t let it get that far, get rid of cockroaches now!

Can cockroaches reproduce asexually?

If there aren’t enough male cockroaches to go around, German cockroaches and other species can reproduce asexually, without a male. They can self-fertilize through a process called “parthenogenesis,” but only if there aren’t enough males. This is why it’s vital to call a cockroach exterminator as soon as they’re discovered.

How could cockroaches come back if Fox has already gotten rid of them?

Cockroaches are excellent hitchhikers and incredibly adept at squeezing through tight spaces in Glen Ellyn Area. If a single female survives, she could restart an infestation by herself — with or without a male around. It’s always good to take precautions to ensure they won’t come back by hiring professionals who can respond quickly to additional activity and continue to fight roaches effectively.

Can I get rid of cockroaches by myself?

Even a Glen Ellyn Area homeowner with the highest quality and most powerful products to kill cockroaches could have a difficult time against these critters. Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, Fox Pest Control technicians have the training, equipment, and experience needed to get rid of roaches for good.

What are IGRs and how do they fight cockroaches?

“IGR” means Insect Growth Regulator. This is a chemical control method that acts like insect hormones to stop roaches from reaching adulthood and reproducing. This is a benign chemical used in some cockroach control products.

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