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How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Virginia Home

October 17, 2022 - Cockroaches

The word cockroach is enough to make your skin crawl, and now you've seen one in your Virginia home. Unfortunately, they are prevalent pests that can be very difficult to eliminate and cause significant health concerns. They can live in your kitchen cabinets, in the bathroom, or even in your attic, and if you suspect an infestation, it's vital to get rid of them fast.

The best way to eliminate cockroaches from your home is to contact Virginia pest control professionals to inspect and develop a treatment plan thoroughly.

Habits And Behaviors Of Common Cockroaches

Cockroaches of all types are incredibly adaptable and can infest any home. They live close to people and take advantage of water and food sources found in secluded areas in homes. Some of the most common types of cockroaches living in Virginia include: 

  • American cockroaches
  • Brown-banded cockroaches
  • German cockroaches
  • Oriental cockroaches
  • Pennsylvania wood cockroaches
  • Virginia wood cockroaches

They can often be found in your home's moist, warm, and dark areas and hide in secluded places during the day. They can also be behind appliances and furniture, under stoves, refrigerators, cupboards, and cabinets. They can flatten themselves to fit into crevices between walls and floorboards. They are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night when they hunt for food. 

If you suspect a cockroach infestation, you must look for the tell-tale signs. These include cockroach droppings, bad smells, egg shells, and old skins. If you've noticed these signs, check rooms such as the laundry room, kitchen, and bathroom for live cockroaches, as this may be where they gather in a suitable environment. 

Why Cockroaches Are Considered A Health Hazard

Cockroaches can transport bacteria and diseases, causing issues for you and your loved ones. They move around your home, excrete saliva and feces, and shed their body parts. When these substances get into the air, they may trigger allergies or asthma when you inhale them. Other conditions that cockroaches may spread include diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever, and dysentery. You may have a cockroach allergy if you experience skin rashes, coughing, wheezing, ear infection, nasal congestion, or a sinus infection. 

Five Easy Yet Effective Cockroach Prevention Tips

Preventing cockroaches from entering your Virginia home can be challenging, but these tips should help with prevention:

  1. Place weather stripping around doors and windows and replace torn screens. 
  2. Inspect all plants, firewood, used appliances, and boxes for cockroaches before bringing them into your home. 
  3. Reduce moisture levels by fixing fixtures and leaky pipes. 
  4. Store all food in air-tight plastic or glass containers or inside the refrigerator. 
  5. Seal cracks in the foundation and gaps, fix shingles or loose siding, and install door sweeps to prevent cockroaches from entering. 

Your Virginia home must create an unattractive pest environment to keep it safeguarded and the cockroaches out. 

The Trick To Total Cockroach Control For Your Home

If cockroaches in your Virginia home have become a problem, it is best to seek the help of a pest control professional. When you partner with our licensed experts at Miche Pest Control, you will have peace of mind knowing that we will eliminate the entire cockroach infestation. 

Our friendly, highly trained professionals use effective and modern pest control methods and products to control cockroaches and other common household pests in and around your home or business. Contact us today to learn more about our exceptional cockroach control services throughout Virginia!

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