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Cockroach Identification & Prevention

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What are cockroaches?

Nocturnal omnivores, cockroaches are adaptable insects that can make themselves at home almost anywhere, including our Virginia homes and businesses.  The American cockroach, German cockroach, brown-banded cockroach, and smokey brown cockroach are our area's most common structural invading cockroaches.

These flat, oval-shaped insects can squeeze their bodies into tight spaces, making them difficult to keep out of our home and find once they are inside your home. Their dark color helps to camouflage them even further.

Most roaches have wings but don't fly. However, they move with ease using their legs. Did you know a cockroach can run up to three miles per hour? Their fast movements also help keep them hidden and add to the difficulty in eliminating them.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

The biggest concern with cockroaches is that they are a health risk. They put many allergens into the air through their saliva, excrement, and shed skins.

They carry a wide variety of bacteria on their legs and bodies that they spread across surfaces and contaminate food. Cockroaches tend to contaminate way more food than they eat, so food waste is very problematic when cockroaches are present.

In addition, when cockroaches are in our homes, they often create stains on walls and fabrics, produce bad odors, and their very presence is stressful.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches get into homes in packages, deliveries, and inside secondhand furniture and appliances. They enter unseen but quickly move throughout your home and become difficult to control and even trickier to eliminate.

Many things can draw cockroaches to your property, but food and moisture are the two biggest attractants. Leaky pipes, dripping faucets, poor drainage, and things like open trash cans, pet food, and compost are too much for cockroaches to resist.

When cockroaches live near your home, it is easy for them to find a way inside to have even more access to food and water. Common entry points are cracks in the foundation, gaps around pipes, drains, and vents.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Dumps, sewers, compost piles, and landfills are all places you will find cockroaches. These places provide them with warmth, moisture, and food.

Unfortunately, our homes can also offer them a place where they can thrive. Our basements, kitchens, crawlspaces, and attics provide German cockroaches and American cockroaches with the warmth and moisture they need to survive.

Brown-banded cockroaches are most likely to live in areas of a home that are not damp. Brown-banded cockroaches prefer to live in a hot, dry environment.

Smokey brown cockroaches primarily live outdoors but can find their way inside homes on pieces of firewood, potted plants that have been moved indoors, or on their own after being attracted by a home's lights.

If cockroaches are in your home, you are likely to spot them in the following places:

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Cabinets and drawers
  • Open packages of food
  • Behind furniture and appliances
  • Vents
  • Wall voids near drains
  • Attics

If you ever think you spot even one cockroach in your home, immediately reach out to us for help! Wherever there is one roach, there are many more hiding nearby.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Remove cockroaches from your home the fastest way possible, with the help of a local pest professional! After contacting us, Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions professionals will quickly come to your aid. We will identify the cockroaches on your property, find where they are hiding throughout your home, and provide the treatments necessary to eliminate them. Then through our regular pest control services, we will work with you to stop them from returning! Call us today to learn more about home pest control and commercial pest control in Hampton Roads, Virginia. We are committed to helping our customers maintain pest-free properties!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Stop cockroaches from taking over your home by putting our most helpful prevention tips into action.

  • Help keep cockroaches out by installing weatherstripping and door sweeps, sealing cracks or other openings in the exterior of your home, and filling in spaces around cables and pipes entering your house.
  • Always inspect things coming into your home, like secondhand items or deliveries for cockroaches.
  • Regularly vacuum and dust your home, including space behind large appliances and large pieces of furniture.
  • Repair leaky pipes and ensure your home is well-ventilated to reduce excess moisture.
  • Store your food and trash in containers that keep it out of the reach of foraging cockroaches.

If cockroaches ever find their way into your Virginia home, don't hesitate to reach out to Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions; we can help!