Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects that have oval-shaped bodies and their antennae is usually longer than their body. Depending on the species they may or may not be capable of flying.Cockroaches are significant pests that are incredibly adaptable and have the ability to infest any home or business. They live close to people and take advantage of any food and water sources we accidentally provide them in any secluded areas of shelter they come across.

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Some of the most common species of cockroaches known to be living throughout our area of greater Fairfax, Virginia include American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, German cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, Pennsylvania wood cockroaches, and Virginia wood cockroaches.

American cockroach
American cockroaches have brownish-red colored bodies and a yellowish figure-eight pattern behind their heads. They have fully developed wings and are capable of flight.

Brown-banded cockroach
Their name says it all: these cockroaches are dark brown in color, with two lighter bands going across their bodies. Unlike most cockroaches, this species prefers to live in dry locations.

German cockroach
These cockroaches have dark, brown bodies with two identifying black stripes running horizontally down behind their heads. Their wings are fully developed, but they are not capable of flying. German cockroaches are also known for their fast movement.

Oriental cockroach
Oriental cockroaches have bodies that are dark, shiny, smooth. Males have wings that are fully developed, but neither females or males can fly.

Pennsylvania wood cockroach
These cockroaches prefer to live outside in wooded areas. Pennsylvania wood cockroaches are dark brown in color; their thoraxes and a portion of their wings have a light, yellowish outline. Males have fully developed wings and are capable of flying short distances.

Virginia wood cockroach
These cockroaches are black or reddish-brown with an area of white right behind their heads, appearing very similar to German cockroaches. This species is capable of flight.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Yes, most cockroaches are very dangerous. They carry a large number of bacteria, parasites, and human pathogens on their bodies which can cause things like gastroenteritis and food poisoning. Their shed feces and skins can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks in young children. Wood cockroaches are not considered a significant pest. They typically don’t enter into homes on their own, and they aren’t capable of reproducing inside. However, like with all pests, their presence on your property shouldn't be allowed.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches enter into homes and other buildings through small cracks and crevices they find while out and about foraging for food sources. Common entry points into your home or business include through cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls, spaces underneath doors, around windows, vents, open windows, doors, and holes in screens. They also may accidentally be introduced inside of deliveries, used appliances and furniture, or on potted plants or firewood.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Most cockroaches prefer to nest in damp dark areas. Outside, you can find cockroaches behind tree bark, in dumpsters, in gardens, in sewers, and under mulch. Inside, they choose to nest in areas of high humidity including in areas under sinks, in basements, in crawl spaces, and behind large appliances. Brown-banded cockroaches like to nest in dry locations that are above 80 degrees, often nesting in the upper cabinets found in bathrooms and kitchens. Wood cockroaches prefer an outdoor lifestyle, living in and around woodpiles or in wooded areas. They rarely, if ever, choose to live inside.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

If cockroaches have become a problem in home or on your property, it is best to seek the help of a pest control professional. When you partner with the licensed experts here at Miche Pest Control, you will have the peace of mind to know that the entire cockroach infestation will be eliminated. Our friendly, highly trained professionals use effective and modern pest control methods and products to control cockroaches and other common household pests living in and around your home or business. To learn more about our exceptional cockroach control services that are performed throughout our service areas in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., contact Miche Pest Control today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Preventing problems with cockroaches is difficult. We want to help you defend your home or business against cockroaches by offering these helpful prevention tips:

  • Inspect all boxes, firewood, plants, and used appliances for cockroaches before bringing them inside.

  • Replace torn screens, and place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Reduce moisture levels by fixing leaky pipes and fixtures.

  • Store all food inside in the refrigerator or in air-tight glass or plastic containers.

  • Make your house less attractive by switching out white outdoor light bulbs for yellow or LED bulbs.

  • Prevent their entry by sealing gaps and cracks in the foundation, fixing loose siding or shingles, and installing door sweeps.

 

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