How To Get Rid Of Roaches: A Comprehensive Guide For Chesapeake Homeowners


Types Of Roaches That Commonly Invade Chesapeake Homes

Cockroaches in Chesapeake are common pests. There are three different species that you might find. They all have similarities, but a few unique features distinguish each one. 

American cockroaches are usually between 1 to 2 inches long. They’re reddish brown with a yellow figure-eight-shaped marking behind their heads. American roaches can fly, but they’re more likely to run.

German cockroaches are also capable of flight but rarely do. They’re much smaller, at about half an inch long. They’re light brown with two darker stripes on their backs.

Oriental cockroaches are an inch long and shiny black. These roaches can’t fly. They thrive in wet environments to the point that they’re sometimes called “waterbugs.”

All cockroaches prefer warm, humid environments. They’re often found in kitchens and bathrooms and sometimes in other areas where they can find that comfortable climate. 

You might not see the roaches themselves, even if you have an infestation in your home. These insects can run fast and hide well. Look for other signs, like droppings, brown egg capsules stuck to surfaces, shed skins, and a musty odor. 

How Roaches Spread Around Dangerous Pathogens

Cockroaches are known for being dirty, backed up by the long list of diseases they carry. This often happens because roaches contaminate food and food preparation surfaces, leading to the spread of pathogens. These include the salmonella and E. coli bacteria and the viruses that cause typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, and other illnesses. It’s absolutely essential that you sanitize your home after a cockroach infestation so that you lower your risk of disease. 

Call The Pros To Completely Get Rid Of Roaches

Cockroaches can be difficult to treat on your own. There aren’t many do-it-yourself tricks to get rid of cockroaches, so your best option is to call Hawk Mosquito and Pest. We provide cockroach control that will fully treat infestations. Our priority is your safety, meaning you can count on receiving fast, effective, and affordable cockroach treatments when you use Hawk Mosquito and Pest. 

Tips To Prevent Roaches From Coming Back

Professional home pest control is definitely the best way to get a cockroach infestation out of your house. But there are some cockroach prevention tips that you can and should implement around your home to make sure they don’t come back, such as: 

  • Seal cracks and holes in the walls
  • Install screens over drains and vents
  • Address moisture issues
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Clean up spills immediately

Cracks and gaps in the walls of your home can allow cockroaches to enter more easily. The same is true of open drains and vents. Remember that even the biggest cockroaches are flat and can fit into small spaces, so any extra openings should be sealed.

Cockroaches thrive in humidity. Pooled water and poorly ventilated areas can attract roaches and let them live comfortably. It’s important that you air out all areas of your home, from the bathroom to the basement and make any necessary repairs. 

One of the most common causes of a cockroach infestation is easy access to food. By storing your food in solid, airtight containers, you keep cockroaches out of it. This reduces your chances of disease and keeps roaches from finding your food. You should also clean up spills immediately and dispose of garbage properly. 

All of these steps can help keep cockroaches from entering your home. But if you see signs of cockroaches, call Hawk Mosquito and Pest immediately for quick treatment.