Roaches have plagued humankind for centuries. They can get into any home or business, and once they're in, it's remarkable how fast they can multiply. Did you know that the average female roach can have between 30 to 48 eggs in one egg sack, depending on the type of cockroach? Each female can lay up to eight egg capsules during their lifetime, resulting in about 400 roaches from just that one bug!

 

As we all know, roaches can be carriers of various types of diseases. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), cockroaches "are proven or suspected carriers of the organisms causing: diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever, and other viral diseases such as poliomyelitis."

 

How do these illnesses and diseases spread to us, you may wonder? One way is that cockroaches will defecate and also regurgitate saliva and digestive fluids on any food they come in contact with. This is why it is crucial that if you see or suspect roaches are infesting your home in Bamberg Sc, take action to eradicate them as quickly as possible. 

 

This article has listed some of the top five signs of roaches in your home or business.

 

 

Egg Capsules

Roaches lay their eggs in a capsule. These egg capsules can carry up to 30 to 48 cockroaches, as we mentioned before. The German cockroach carries their eggs with them until they hatch, but other species of roaches will leave them. These capsules can be found in food cabinets, close to leaky pipes, around the base of refrigerators', in boxes, or in bathrooms. Once these capsules hatch, the empty shell is left behind. 

 

Roach Odor

Did you know that roaches have a smell? Cockroaches can produce a musty, oily odor throughout your home or business.

If you notice an odor in your home, it's possibly an indicator of a roach infestation. There are several reasons for this. This smell can result from decaying dead roaches and comes from several species of live cockroaches too. 

 

Dead Roaches

Not surprisingly, roaches are hard to get rid of and kill. They can't suffocate because they breathe through tiny holes along the sides of their body, and even a headless roach can live for up to three weeks! The only reason they finally die is that they can no longer ingest food or water.

 

Finding dead roaches in your home can also be an indicator that they are increasing in number.

 

Discarded Exoskeleton

Another tell-tale sign of roaches is discarded skin, also known as the exoskeleton. Cockroaches shed their skin 8-13 times before reaching adulthood. 

 

Additionally, roach exoskeletons can actually cause allergies in humans. This can be a problem if you or a family member suffers from asthma. When cockroach exoskeletons are stepped on, they go airborne and can be breathed in, triggering asthma and allergy attacks. Cockroach allergies can even result in the development of asthma in young children. 

 

Smear Marks

Cockroaches leave behind brown smear marks when they defecate. Typically these marks are located around the nest or in other dark, damp spaces around the home or business. Unfortunately, these bugs will then crawl over their feces, resulting in a left-behind smear. This can usually be found in high-trafficked roach areas. The odor left behind by these smears can also attract other roaches worsening the already existing problem.

 

Roach Sightings

Finally, one of the most obvious indicators that you have a roach infestation in your place of residence is roach sightings. Cockroaches hide in dark, humid, damp areas and typically come out at night. If you start spotting them during the day, it is a huge warning sign you have a roach infestation in your home/business. 

 

Cockroaches usually will not come out during the day. One of the main reasons they will start to roam during the day is if the roach population is very high. This is one of the worst signs that you have an infestation, and you should seek immediate help from a pest control service.

 

If you live in or around Bamberg Sc and suspect a roach infestation in your home or business, don't hesitate to call Gressette Pest Management of Orangeburg Sc today. We have over 60 years of experience dealing with pests and are here to serve! 

Nobody wants to deal with pests issues in their home, and in some cases, you may not even be aware that you have an issue at all. Keeping your home and family safe from pests can be difficult, especially if the problem is termites.

Why are termites so harmful, you may ask? Well, termites, even though they are not dangerous to humans, can cause massive damage to your home. They consume all kinds of materials, from wood to paper, drywall, insulation, and even plastic.

These damages to your home can result in expensive repairs. Termites can be difficult to spot, but it's essential to inspect your home at least once a year for them.

So how do you know if you do have termites? In this article, we will discuss some ways you can spot potential termite infestations.


Mud Tubes
Sometimes you can notice termite damage before you ever see a termite.
Subterranean termites build tubes made out of wood and moist soil mixed with termite saliva to help them get from their colony to any food source they may find. These tubes can be seen on hard surfaces. Termites require these tubes to survive since they are susceptible to dehydration. These mud tubes offer shelter that locks in moisture and helps to shield the termites from predators and protect them from dry air.

Swollen Walls and Flooring
Termites live right underwood surfaces. This tends to cause floorboards and walls to swell, potentially causing the paint on walls to blister. This may even look like water damage. Additionally, termites can cause wood to split and crack. They hollow out wood, and one way you can test to see if this is happening is by simply knocking on the wood structure of your house. You should be able to hear a hollow sound indicating termites are or have been there. Also, you may even hear the termites inside your walls, and it may sound similar to a clicking noise.

Spotting Termites
You may notice termite bodies or even living termites in your home though typically, you will not see them in high-traffic areas. Termites may also leave behind droppings that resemble sawdust.

In the Spring, termites swarm near warm areas with lots of light. Such as by windows and doors. They then shed their wings. If you spot a pile of wings near windows or doors, this is a sure indicator that termites are invading your home.


Eliminating termites can be a difficult task, and that's why Gressette Pest Management is here to help you and your family stop termites from destroying your home and property. If you see signs of termites or are concerned that you may have a termite invasion, call us today!

 

Roaches, everyone is familiar with those nasty bugs that have been plaguing men and women for as long as we can remember. They get in everything and multiply faster than rabbits. Not only are they a nuisance, but they are also a health hazard. Did you know that roaches have been known to carry some of the deadliest diseases, and just one cockroach can produce up to 400 eggs in its lifetime? 

 

Trying to deal with this issue on your own can be frustrating. There are so many products on the market today that claim they can eliminate your roach problem. Foggers, roach bait, poison, spray, the list just goes on, but most common household pesticides and poisons do little to nothing when it comes to trying to get rid of these vermin. 

 

Here at Gressette Pest Management, our men and women are experienced and knowledgeable about how to help you with your roach dilemma. We have years of experience dealing with pests and can use our expertise to help you get the relief you need.

 

There are some things that you can do to aid in keeping the roaches from your home, and also it will be beneficial to the exterminator when they come to your place of residence. 

 

First of all, we know that it's only natural that a house gets messy from time to time. We have busy schedules, and life can get crazy sometimes, but keeping things neat around the house is essential for dealing with these bugs. After all, they are after food and water, and if they find those things, they are definitely going to move in. 

 

For instance, ensuring the dishes are done after every meal and the food is put away is crucial—also, sweeping the floor and vacuuming helps eliminate all those little crumbs that roaches love to find and enjoy. 

 

Checking for openings or cracks in your home is also very beneficial since these are potential entry points for cockroaches and other possible vermin. When you locate any gaps, you can seal them up, which helps block these insects from getting back in.  

 

Another way you can help eliminate roaches is to declutter your home. Cockroaches love clutter, especially piles of newspaper, wood, and cardboard boxes. They also love to get behind appliances such as microwaves and refrigerators since this provides them with the perfect place to hide and nest. 

 

Following these tips and hiring an exterminator will dramatically help you deal with your roach dilemma. If you are interested in hiring a professional exterminator in Orangeburg, SC, call Gressette Pest Management today and let us help you. 

 

 

Did you know that the number one pest control problem in America is ants! It's not surprising to learn that these tiny little insects have become such a nuisance for American homes. They can nest in anything from toys to cars to even inside the walls of your home. 

 

One of the worst issues is that no matter how hard you try to keep things clean, just a single itty bitty crumb can cause them to come by the dozens. Have you ever seen a single ant crawling around in your home? This particular ant is called a worker ant or scout ant, and it's their job to locate and alert the other ants of food.  

 

Distance is no issue for ants either. Ants can walk quite a ways from their colony in search of food. Once they locate food, they lay down pheromones or chemicals that attract the other ants so they, too, can find their way to the food source.

 

There is only so much that we can do to combat this issue. Hiring an experienced exterminator such as the men and women of Gressette Pest Management located in Orangeburg, SC, is one of the most effective ways to deal with these pests. At Gressestte Pest Control, our exterminators are experienced in knowing how to find and help eliminate ants from your home and yard. 

 

They know which type of poison is best suited to get rid of the ants and their queen. This is crucial since most insecticides such as ant spray only kill the ants you see. The queen ant never leaves the nest, where she stays laying thousands of eggs that replace any ants you spray or kill. When the queen ant is killed, the entire colony will also die since she is no longer there to continue to reproduce; the ants will die without any more ants to replace them.

 

An exterminator is experienced in dealing with these annoying pests and in the best ways to eliminate them from your home. In addition to hiring an exterminator, there are a few other ways we can help detour the ants from taking control of your home. 

 

First of all, try to avoid using pesticide sprays to kill the ants you see in your home. Instead, try to follow the trail to see where the ants are coming from and how they are getting into your home. If you find the colony, you can put down poison directly on the nests. Also, you can put out edible ant poison that the ants carry back to their nests. Make sure it is out of the reach of children and pets, though, as these poisons can be toxic to humans. 

 

You may notice when you put out edible ant poison that the number of ants increases. Please don't freak out; leave them alone and let them gather the poison uninterrupted. It may take a few days, and you may have to replace the bait depending on the colony's size, but eventually, the number of ants will go down until they are gone.

 

These tips can help temporarily remove the ants from your home, but usually, there is way more than one colony, and it won't be long before more ants find their way into your home again. Gressette Pest Control can help protect your home from being invaded by ants in the future so that you can have peace of mind again and not have to deal with ants in your cabinets and other places in your home. 

 

 

Another way to help cut back on ant infestations is to try and keep your home and vehicle as clean as possible. Keeping your floors swept and your counters neat is an effective way to detour the ants, especially since they will go somewhere else if they can't find food. Placing open food in sealed jars or containers can help as well. 

 

It is also beneficial in your battle with ants to ensure that your windows, doors, and other entry points are sealed to help keep the ants from getting in. 

 

Our experts at Gressette Pest Control can help you with your ant dilemma. Give them a call today and let them handle the pests for you!

 

 

Fall, one of our favorite times of the year...Thanksgiving, pumpkin spice, cooler weather, and spiders...SPIDERS? That's right, spiders! Have you ever noticed that you tend to see a lot more spiders in Autumn? Well, that's because it's breeding season for our fly-eating friends. The reason spiders tend to come into our homes is because they are in search of food, heat, a mate, and a nice place to lay their eggs.

Did you know that, according to some studies, almost a third of Americans are arachnophobic? It's no wonder most people are terrified of spiders; they can be anywhere, in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, and even our bedrooms, not to mention that some of them are poisonous.

A fun activity you can do to see how many spiders are around your home is to go outside at night with a flashlight and put the light up to your nose, shining it out into the yard; you can see the eyes of spiders glowing back at you? Their eyes reflect the light. This can be very unnerving, especially if you are afraid of spiders. Obviously, if you are afraid of spiders, this is probably not a good idea for you to do, but have no fear Gressette Pest Management, located in Orangeburg, SC, is here to help keep spiders out of your home.

Spiders usually find their way into your home through cracks, doors, and windows. They can be found in all kinds of homes, not just old houses but new ones as well, and they are typically located in corners, under sinks, and under furniture. Spiders also love clutter because they can find a lot more dark places to hide.

At Gressette Pest Management, our employees are experts in helping to keep your home spider-free. We know where to look for these eight-legged pests and what works best to keep them out of your home.

If you would like to have Gressette Pest Management help get spiders out of your home, give us a call today!

 

 

 

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