Washington D.C.'s Step-By-Step Guide To Cockroach Control

Pest cockroaches in Washington D.C. are dangerous and difficult to control. They're dangerous because they spread harmful bacteria, transmit diseases, aggravate allergies, and transport parasitic worms. They're difficult to control because they can develop a resistance to chemicals, adapt to avoid baits, quickly evade treatments, and survive on food sources that would turn your stomach. Let's take a look at what works to get control of Washington D.C. cockroaches and why.

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1. Address Exterior Moisture

Damp conditions around your home will attract cockroaches. When roaches start to explore your landscaping, they start to explore your exterior walls. Often, this is how they get in. It begins in your yard. If you want to get control of cockroaches inside your home, you need to reduce roach activity around the outside of your home.

  • Clean and repair your gutters.

  • Repair any plumbing issues.

  • Put sprinklers on a timer.

  • Remove unnecessary vegetation from your landscaping.

  • Blow leaves out of your landscaping.

  • Remove sticks, wood, and other organic debris from near your home.

2. Address Other Exterior Attractants

Cockroaches are drawn to many things. If you remove these attractants, you can reduce cockroach activity.

  • Keep bagged trash in sealed containers.

  • Keep your trash receptacles clean and free of odors.

  • If you have a dog, keep your dog's waste picked up. It is a food source for cockroaches.

  • Move objects away from your walls. Cockroaches hide under them.

  • Remove objects that are stacked. Cockroaches hide in them.

  • If you have a compost pile, make sure it is properly mixed.

3. Seal All The Holes

Cockroaches get into your home by accident. They're drawn to squeeze into tight spaces. Inspect your exterior and seal any gaps, cracks, and holes. Here are a few common entry points.

  • Gaps in weatherstripping, missing door sweeps, damaged screens, gaps around door frames, and holes in door frames created by wood-destroying pests.

  • Damaged screens, broken window panes, holes in window frames, gaps around window frames.

  • Cracks in foundation walls, gaps around foundation penetrations, and damaged mortar.

4. Keep Your Interior Clean

Cockroaches prefer an environment that is dirty. These insects are attracted to rotting organic matter. When we recommend keeping the interior of your home clean, it is important to understand that the goal isn't to get rid of all the food sources cockroaches can feed on, it is about making the habitat less attractive, and to protect you from cockroach-related illness. Roaches can eat wallpaper paste, toothpaste, hair, dead skin, dead insects, and many other strange things inside your home. But it is well worth the effort to clean your home. It is far more difficult for cockroaches to grow a population in a clean home.

5. Remove Interior Moisture

This is the big one. Cockroaches need moisture more than they need food. They need moisture to drink and sustain themselves, and they also need it to keep themselves hydrated. Some cockroaches need moisture so much that they don't infest homes for long. They will live in damp conditions just outside of a home and go in and out of the home. Here are some tips to address interior moisture.

  • Fix leaks. Splatters of water and droplets on pipes are more than enough for a cockroach to get a drink.

  • Use the fan in your bathroom. This will vent the moisture and humidity out of your bathroom and reduce condensation on your bathroom walls.

  • Wipe your shower or tub down after use. This is a lot of hard work, but making this extra effort will pay off, especially if the rest of your home is free of moisture droplets.

  • Install dehumidifiers in your basement to reduce humidity.

6. Apply Products

This is the tricky part. There is no silver bullet for cockroach control. A treatment plan should be developed by an educated pest professional to get control of cockroaches. Pest cockroaches in Washington D.C. are notoriously difficult to exterminate. At Capitol Pest, our licensed professionals draw upon years of experience and data shared within the pest control industry to find the right regimen of products, and they use field-tested methods to ensure the best chance of success.

If you live in Washington D.C. and you need assistance with cockroach control, contact Capitol Pest. We're here to help you find a resolution to all your pest control issues.


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