A Handy Cockroach Prevention Guide For Chesapeake Homeowners

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Chesapeake homeowners have “to-do” lists that are a mile long. Pest remediation can easily get lost in the shuffle of monthly bills, grocery needs, extracurricular activities, and more. However, it’s important for critter management to remain a top priority. It takes next to no time for insects and creatures to wreck your lawn, house, or belongings. They also can make you, your loved ones, or domestic animals sick in an instant. This can definitely happen if cockroaches are in proximity. 

There are multiple species of cockroaches, and the dangers vary. One thing that’s for sure among all is that they carry harmful germs that will send you straight to the doctor. Considering how effortlessly they can get indoors and reproduce in volume, preventing them is far from simple. Learn the best ways to stop them with help from PESTOUT.

What Cockroaches Are Common in Chesapeake? What Are the Risks?

American and German cockroaches are the most rampant in the region. The American subspecies is 3 inches long and reddish-brown. Adult German bugs are 0.51 to 0.62 of an inch long and have brown or tan bodies. They have wings, but are more inclined to run. Their young are completely black and wingless. Both have horizontal black stripes behind their heads. In general, cockroaches are nocturnal. Therefore, if you see any while the sun is up, you unfortunately have an infestation. Other major signs are: 

  • Odors: The communication chemicals and secretions of cockroaches are very unpleasant smelling. You might recognize the odor as “musty.” These liquids can impact the flavor and scent of infested food. 
  • Eggs: Some of the largest cockroach eggs are 1 inch long. They come in brown, tan, red, or black. Look for them in the kitchen, bathroom, or basement. 
  • Droppings: American cockroach pellets have circular ends and ridges. German cockroach waste is grainy like pepper. Check surfaces, drawers, door frames, and floor corners for their droppings.

Cockroaches are a huge health threat The insects have skin covered in bacteria. The saliva, feces, and urine they release is riddled with it as well. As they lope, live, and breed in nasty places, they bring more microbes back with them into your home. Spines on their legs stick to spores within the sewers, garbage, and other filth these bugs reside in. Every last one of these organisms will be in your food and on your surfaces if cockroaches get to them. When you use the contaminated items, you might contract a virus, pathogen, or condition such as salmonella or gastroenteritis. Allergy problems or asthma attacks may occur if these issues apply to you. In regard to property, American cockroaches destroy paper and fabrics.

How Can You Prevent Cockroaches?

To prevent cockroach invasions, take the following precautionary measures:

  • Seal holes in utilities, windows, doors, and  foundations. You can try using caulk.
  • Repair broken fixtures, leaks, and other moisture faults.
  • Put sweeps on all the doors that face the outside. 
  • On a routine basis, mow your lawn and trim greenery. 
  • Make sure plants and flowers are two feet away or more from exterior doors.
  • Place food and trash in secure containers with tight lids. Roaches can survive off just crumbs.
  • Regularly take out your garbage. 
  • Reduce your clutter.
  • Vacuum and clean your kitchen often. This includes washing the dishes and countertops. Get behind heavy appliances and in the back of cupboards.

What Can PESTOUT Do About Cockroaches?

When PESTOUT is involved, you can rest assured that cockroaches won’t survive. Our services come with a guarantee because we are so confident in our experienced staff and advanced technologies. Our technicians are certified, so you’ll receive expert care. The equipment and treatments they’ll use are cutting edge, effective, and safe. Call us at PESTOUT today! When you do, you’ll be offered a free inspection with no obligation!