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American Cockroaches In Washington, D.C., Maryland, And Northern Virginia

Here at Miche Pest Control, we understand that no one wants to share their D.C., MD, or Northern VA home with disease-spreading American cockroaches. Use our helpful pest guide to learn about these pests, including how to keep them out of your home and away from your family.

What are American cockroaches?

American cockroaches are large flying cockroaches that, unfortunately, find their way into our homes more often than anyone would like. These roaches are adaptable, resistant, and can live successfully in indoor and outdoor habitats. 

American cockroaches are reddish-brown and have a yellowish figure-eight-like marking behind the head. Adults grow an impressive one and a half to two inches in length. 

While these roaches are capable of flight, American cockroaches use their six spine-covered legs to dart quickly from place to place. 

Are American cockroaches dangerous?

American cockroaches prefer to live outside but regularly wander into our homes. When living outside, American cockroaches constantly travel through decaying organic debris and come into contact with many unsavory pathogens and parasites. 

After finding their way into our homes, American cockroaches contaminate surfaces, food, and personal belongings with pathogens that can make you and your family ill. 

Another health risk associated with these pests is that their feces and shed skins produce allergens and foul-smelling secretions. 

These pests can also be destructive. As they crawl across walls, floors, and furniture, the cockroaches stain them with excrement. The nibbles of hungry cockroaches can damage wallpaper, fabrics, and books. 

Why do I have an American cockroach problem?

Though American cockroaches are larger than other roaches, they can still easily find their way into our homes. They will squeeze their flat bodies through spaces around pipes and drains, gaps around windows and doors, and cracks in the foundation. 

Like other cockroaches, they can also hitchhike their way into our homes in things like boxes, potted plants, and other items brought indoors from the outside. 

Though the promise of warm shelter is highly attractive to these pests, like other living creatures, food and water are what primarily attract these pests to our indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Where will I find American cockroaches?

Outside, American cockroaches live in damp, dark areas like under tree bark, on the ground near drains and sewers, and in and around dumpsters and other trash receptacles. When they are living outside near our home's exterior, it won't take long until they find their way inside. 

Once inside, warm, humid areas of your home will attract the attention of these pests. Homeowners regularly spot American cockroaches in their kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. 

Wooden trim, the backs of drawers, spaces under sinks, and cardboard boxes regularly house American cockroaches. Inspecting areas of your home where these pests like to gather will help you to identify a cockroach infestation sooner rather than later. Fast action is important to reducing the impact these pests have on you and your family. 

How do I get rid of American cockroaches?

Trust the friendly and experienced professionals at Miche Pest Control to provide effective pest control services. Our professionals will help you remove American cockroaches from your MD, D.C., or Northern VA property. 

We are proud to offer a modern approach to pest control and will provide quality services to eliminate American cockroaches and other unwanted, problematic pests from your property. We then will perform regular follow-up services to stop the return of our region's most common household pests. For more information about our quarterly pest control services, call now! 

How can I prevent American cockroaches in the future?

No one wants to discover American cockroaches in their home. To help keep cockroaches away from your property, we have put together a helpful list of prevention tips. 

  • Quickly repair leaky pipes and fixtures in your home.
  • Make sure your house is well-ventilated.
  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels in your home.
  • Leave a stone barrier between mulch or garden areas and your home's exterior. 
  • Cut back trees and shrubs from your home's exterior.
  • Regularly remove trash from your house and place the bags outside in containers with locking lids.      
  • Routinely empty and sanitize your home's indoor and outdoor trash cans.

For help with American cockroach control, contact Miche Pest Control today! 

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