There is no doubt about it, having cockroaches invade your Washington D.C. home is not a good thing. No one enjoys turning on the kitchen light at midnight to see roaches scurry for cover. Today we are talking about the kinds of cockroaches that most often get into D.C. homes, some prevention strategies, and how to get them out and keep them out for good.
Common Cockroaches In Washington D.C.
American Cockroaches: These are the largest roaches that get into homes. They are a reddish-brown color and they can measure up to 1.5 inches in length. They have light-colored edges and wings that appear longer than their bodies. American cockroaches prefer to be in warm, moist areas and can usually be found infesting basements, sewers, or other areas that are warm and humid.
German Cockroaches: These roaches are brown or tan with dark lengthwise stripes on their heads. They are rather small, measuring between ¼ to ⅝ of an inch long. German roaches prefer to live in small cracks and crevices inside bathrooms, kitchens and other areas where there is plenty of moisture. If their populations are large enough, they can be found infesting any part of a home.
Oriental Cockroaches: These roaches are a dark "oily" black color. At first glance, they appear wingless, but they do have wings. Oriental cockroaches can grow to be around 1 inch in length and they also prefer dark, moist areas. When they invade homes, they can usually be found near sewer drains, around pipes, and in wet basements. Outside they like to hang out under porches or inside crawl spaces.
The Dangers Of Having Roaches In Your D.C. Home
Roaches are not just disgusting to look at. They are actually dangerous.
Asthma: Studies have shown that roaches cause an increase in the symptoms of asthma when the particulates roaches leave behind become airborne.
Stomach illness: When roaches crawl from bacteria-laden areas to your kitchen counters, they spread pathogens that can cause stomach distress.
Bites: While rare, when roach populations grow big enough and these insects are desperate for food, they will bite humans.
Diseases: Cockroaches are linked to the spread of many diseases including dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid, fever, and viral disease such as poliomyelitis.
Why Are Cockroaches Difficult To Eliminate?
Roaches are really good at hiding, and topical sprays will only reach a few roaches. Because of this, and the fact that roaches can become tolerant to many chemicals, DIY roach control is, at best, only partially successful and, at worst, a total waste of time and money.
Prevention Is Key
The best way to keep your D.C. home cockroach free is to keep roaches from entering your home in the first place. To do this, it is important to seal things up and keep things clean.
Deep Cleaning: Clean your home on a regular basis. Pay close attention to removing all food particles and don't forget hard-to-reach places such as under appliances. Keep in mind that roaches will eat anything from filthy scum to the toothpaste left on your toothbrush.
Food/Trash Storage: Store all leftover food in airtight containers or in the fridge or freezer. Keep all trash, inside and outside, in receptacles that have tight-fitting lids, so roaches cannot get inside.
Moisture Control: Fix leaks and install fans or dehumidifiers in areas that have high humidity. Make sure your gutters are working to channel water away from the perimeter of your home.
Clutter Control: Trim all vegetation away from the exterior of your home and remove clutter of any kind from your property. All sorts of pests are attracted to clutter.
Eliminate Entry Points: Inspect the outside of your foundation and walls and make sure there are no holes, gaps, or cracks roaches can squeeze through.
How Capital Pest Can Help
While DIY roach control may be frustrating and ineffective, professional help from Capital Pest is exactly the opposite. We know which products and strategies work for whatever type of roaches you have in your D.C. home. The professional pest control experts here at Capital Pest use EPA-approved products to eliminate and control cockroach pests. Reach out to us today for a free inspection or to schedule services for your D.C. home. If you want to get cockroaches out of your home, and keep them out for good, we can help.