How To Tell If You Have A Cockroach Problem In Your Maryland Home
Most of the time, when you know you have a problem, it can be easy to find ways to deal with it. However, what happens when you don’t know you have a problem? Roach infestations can be hard to notice if you don’t know what to look for, exposing you to potential dangers you’re not even aware of. Let’s take a look at the many problems roach infestations cause as well as necessary steps you can take to protect yourself and your home.
Roaches: Nasty, Tough, And Dangerous
Most people would agree that roaches are naturally disgusting. Something about their appearance makes us naturally afraid of them, and we’re right to be. Roaches are actually one of the most dangerous home-invading insects because of where they like to hang around.
Because they spend most of their time living in the bacterial filth of sewers, landfills, and dumpsters, roaches will almost always transfer this bacteria to your furniture, stored food items, and your food preparation areas. That’s why a prolonged roach infestation puts you at risk of incurring dangerous diseases like salmonella, E.coli, and worse.
Another reason you want to catch the signs of a roach infestation early is because of how difficult they are to get rid of. Once roaches get a foothold in your home, it can be almost impossible to get rid of them on your own. They have incredibly tough yet flexible exoskeletons, making them nearly crush-resistant and allowing them to flatten their bodies completely to squeeze through even the smallest cracks and crevices in and around the house.
Spotting The Signs
Part of effective prevention comes from knowing what to look for. As you’re looking around your home for the early signs of a roach infestation, you’ll need to keep in mind that roaches are 1) nocturnal and 2) very skittish. They hate being seen by humans and generally avoid light and human interaction altogether. So, if you spot a roach in your home, especially during the daytime, you can be pretty certain you have an infestation on your hands.
Common signs of roach activity in your home include:
Yellowing wallpaper (due to the pathogen they secrete as they move around).
A musty odor throughout the home.
Droppings left in corners of closets and pantries (similar to black pepper).
Helpful Cockroach Prevention Practices
Using their flexibility, roaches enter your home through a variety of cracks and crevices throughout the foundation. You could spend hours trying to fill these in with caulking, but roaches will probably still find a way into the house. Your best bet, then, is to simply limit the factors that attract them into the home in the first place. Here are some helpful tips to get you there.
Addressing moisture issues: roaches prefer a damp, dark environment. That’s why you’ll often see them in places like bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms, or behind kitchen appliances. You can limit moisture buildup in your home by monitoring your pipes for leaks and using a dehumidifier. Also, if you keep the yard well-manicured, this can eliminate moisture buildup outside that can attract roaches onto the property in the first place.
Proper food and trash storage: Roaches can squeeze into loosely secured food storage containers or trash cans, so proper food and trash storage is key. Leaving food out on the counter or in the sink overnight could attract an infestation quickly.
Regular cleaning routines: roaches can live off of the smallest crumbs, so cleaning off your counters and tables, along with vacuuming/mopping the floors regularly can help limit roach attraction.
De-clutter any low-traffic areas: this will help reduce potential hiding spots for roaches and make them feel uncomfortable.
Why to Call a Professional for Roach Infestations
Now, keep this in mind: you can do all of these things right and still wind up with a cockroach infestation. The only guaranteed way to control roaches on your property is to enlist professional help.