The Best Way To Handle Cockroaches In Your Maryland Home

2/19/2021

Cockroaches are a pest that you can’t take too seriously. They are adept at getting inside of human properties, where food, water, and shelter are abundant. Once inside they can contribute to filth, disease and be nearly impossible to eliminate. Only by staying on top of proper prevention can you hope to avoid cockroaches, and here is where you can learn the essentials.

a cockroach on surface in kitchen

What Kinds Of Cockroaches Are Out There?

All most people need to know about cockroaches is that they are nasty bugs, and several species give local homeowners a tough time. Learning how to tell populations apart can be crucial for preventing them:

  • American cockroach: The largest type of invasive cockroach, these guys have a figure-8 shape on their tops, right behind the head. These and other cockroaches can flatten their bodies to squeeze through cracks and survive being squished.

  • Oriental cockroach: A more heavily armored cockroach, these have more rounded tops and tend to be dark brown or black when fully matured. While they have wings, they are underdeveloped, making them one of the few cockroaches that cannot flutter.

  • Pennsylvania woods cockroach: As their name indicates, these cockroaches prefer moist and woody environments. They are, conversely, one of the more flight-capable cockroaches, with males able to easily fly long distances.

Cockroaches: Skilled Invaders

The reason cockroaches are so common is because they have specific adaptations that allow them to invade human properties. They have chemical receptors that allow them to detect even the slightest traces of food from many yards away, and there are numerous access points that they can utilize to gain access to your interior. Many species can squeeze through impossibly small cracks or holes around the outside of your home. Once inside, cockroaches tend to nest in tight spaces, like within walls or storage containers in dark areas of a home, like basements and crawl spaces. It doesn’t take long for their presence to result in damage to property, like stains from their streaking bodies or contamination of stored foods. Cockroaches can also carry diseases and exacerbate existing health conditions, especially allergies and respiratory illnesses.

Cockroach Prevention Isn’t For The Layman

Because of the health risks they pose, many homeowners attempt to get rid of cockroaches on their own, either with store-bought products or at-home remedies that they’ve heard of. There are many problems with these methods, but the biggest ones are:

  • Disease: Cockroaches carry and transmit illnesses like plague and salmonella. Exposing yourself to them directly can increase your chance of contracting these or other harmful health problems.

  • Resistances: Cockroaches have built up resistance to many over-the-counter sprays and baits. They can also survive most other means of killing insects.

  • Proliferation: The biggest reason DIY methods fail is simple -- homeowners aren’t trained, pest experts. Leaving just one egg behind to hatch will simply allow a pest problem to come right back, and only professionals know how to be thorough enough when applying treatments.

Capitol Pest Is Here To Help

Instead of trying to stem the tide of invasive cockroaches all on your own, turn instead to the professional assistance of Capitol Pest. We can get started right away on an inspection of your home, determining your level of risk and providing you with tips on how to prevent infestations. Our proven solutions can not only get rid of existing pest populations, they can protect you from future infestations. Regular inspections and treatments from our experts are the only way to truly keep cockroaches out of your home, so get started today by calling us or visiting us online.

Don’t let your home be invaded by nasty cockroaches, trust Capitol Pest for true roach control.

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