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What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are common pests frequently found living, breeding, and thriving inside our properties. Both residential and commercial buildings may be a target for an infestation, which could seriously risk the health, wealth, and reputations of those inside.

a german cockroach

The primary species of roaches in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. include German Cockroaches, American Cockroaches, and Oriental Cockroaches. While these species differ in both size and color, their physical attributes remain largely the same:

  • Long antennae protruding straight out from their heads 

  • Large wings folded up over their backs. 

  • Six legs with long appendages sticking out from each side

  • Strong exoskeletons that are impervious to most forms of damage, punctures, and pesticides

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Roaches cannot bite, scratch, or otherwise physically injure human beings. However, they are well known for their ability to spread serious illnesses from place to place. In fact, cockroaches can transmit diseases onto surfaces simply by walking across them. The diseases and bacteria they carry they get from the unusually dirty environments in which they live, often breeding grounds for bacteria, viral illnesses, and parasite eggs.

A short list of cockroach infectious diseases include: 

  • Salmonellosis 

  • Typhoid fever 

  • Cholera 

  • Gastroenteritis 

  • Dysentery 

  • Listeriosis 

  • E. coli 

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroach infestations can result from a myriad of external factors. Contrary to popular belief, they do not only infest homes that are 'dirty' or 'unkempt.' These pests are not picky and prefer to live inside homes that are:

  • Easy to access through entry points. 

  • Filled with food items, ingredients, or open garbage cans. 

  • Harboring a large amount of humidity. 

Addressing attractant factors will be the best way to handle cockroach problems moving forward.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Keep a close eye out for cockroaches in bathrooms, kitchens, and pantry areas. Laundry rooms, due to their high moisture content, can also attract unwanted attention from roaches.

Cockroaches may also target outdoor areas of the yard. Barns and other heated areas such as garages may become breeding grounds during the winter. Garden sheds and outdoor basements may offer quiet, undisturbed darkness in which the pests can thrive.

From a commercial property standpoint, roaches tend to infest businesses in the food industry, warehousing, storage, and restaurants.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches may not seem like a serious concern to most homeowners, but residential and commercial property owners should never underestimate these pests. While you can take steps to prevent cockroaches from infesting in the first place, only a professional team should handle actual roach treatments. 

Destroy Pest Control has everything you need and more to start controlling American Cockroaches, German Cockroaches, or Oriental Cockroaches on your DMV area property. We use a combination of proactive and retroactive control measures to properly defend your building against dangerous roach activity. 

Learn more by calling, clicking, or scheduling a free cockroach control estimate with our expert team.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Once you have completely exterminated roaches from your building and surrounding property, do what you can to ensure protection for years to come. Implement the following pest control measures: 

  • Lower household humidity levels using dehumidifiers and over-the-counter products, such as desiccant bags. 

  • Reduce the amount of food present on counters without wrappers, containers, or covers. 

  • Look for ways to reduce garbage overflow in the building by removing bags and filled trash cans at least once per week. 

  • Get ongoing cockroach prevention with the team at Destroy Pest Control.

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