Group of Cockroaches

A group of cockroaches is called an intrusion, but once they've settled into an area and are causing problems, it's called an infestation. There are at least 4,600 known species of cockroaches found around the world, of which 55 are found in the United States. They live on every continent except Antarctica.

Since they are social insects, meaning they thrive in groups, cockroaches are usually found with others of the same species. They can multiply quickly and cause huge pest problems in homes and businesses. Prevention is key as well as early detection and treatment.

It's important to be aware of the health and safety risks associated with cockroach infestations. They are known to spread germs and bacteria as they move around kitchens and dining areas. They carry feces and decaying organic matter on their bodies that can be released into the air, leading to respiratory and allergy symptoms including skin irritations and sneezing.

Though they have wings, most species of cockroaches don't fly. They mainly get around by scurrying about while seeking food sources. There are some proactive measures you can take for prevention.

  • Keep all stored food items sealed or refrigerated. Most cockroaches seek easy access and cannot get into glass or sealed Tupperware containers.
  • Take trash and recycle items to outdoor containers daily. Keeping trash or recycling containers inside will attract unwanted pests like cockroaches.
  • Clean kitchen appliances regularly and if you can do so safely clean the spaces under and around appliances where food crumbs can accumulate.
  • Call a pest control company if you notice any cockroach activity. Identifying and getting a pest treatment plan in place sooner rather than later is key.


Areas that offer a moist environment are especially vulnerable to cockroach infestations as they can survive weeks without food, but cannot survive without water. Basements, crawl spaces, and any spaces that have plumbing fixtures that are old or leaking are at risk of attracting cockroaches. Keep areas dry and have any leaky plumbing repaired immediately.

Cockroaches and other pests like ants and rodents can destroy household and industrial food storage. Their ability to find ways into even the most properly maintained areas is quite astounding. Any small gap in doorways, window seals, or flooring is all cockroaches require to get into homes and businesses. Once inside the risk of an infestation is high. Female cockroaches can produce between six and fourteen egg capsules during their lifetimes. Each capsule has about sixteen eggs. And they reach maturity within just a couple of months. That all results in many roaches within a short period.

The best way to treat an existing cockroach infestation or prevent one is to call a pest control professional. Eagle Pest Services offers interior and exterior pest control. If you're experiencing a pest problem, call our experts today at 1-888-616-8739 for a free inspection.