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Chesapeake's Complete Guide To Effective Cockroach Control

November 20, 2021

Your home probably has a pest problem, not to say that bugs and rodents are running all over the place, just that there are probably creatures around and causing trouble when you are not looking. One pest that causes trouble for Chesapeake homeowners without being seen is the cockroach. To help you better understand and control cockroaches around your Chesapeake home, here are some cockroach facts and prevention tips to consider today.

The Dangers Cockroaches Bring To Chesapeake Homes

One question we are regularly asked is, "Do cockroaches carry disease?" The answer to this question is yes, they do. Cockroaches regularly crawl through dirty areas and consume items that are teeming with bacteria, pathogens, and parasitic worms. German cockroaches, the most common cockroaches in our area and can carry 33 different kinds of bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and 6 parasitic worms. That is a lot of ways to get you or one of your family members sick.

On top of spreading diseases, cockroaches also contribute to asthma attacks and allergic reactions. They do this by shedding their skins and leaving dry excrement throughout living areas. These cockroach by-products break down into dust-like particulates and are picked up into the air by ventilation systems.

Why Cockroaches Invade Chesapeake Homes

Different types of cockroaches invade homes for the same reasons. They mostly come indoors to search for food and water or avoid negative conditions outside like extreme cold, heat, or stormy weather. What you might not know is that cockroaches have a sense of smell. They sometimes use this sense to lead them to tasty food. They also use smell to avoid dangerous chemicals and other things that might threaten them.

How Do Cockroaches Get Into Chesapeake Houses?

Cockroaches are naturally small insects. German cockroaches rarely grow larger than ½ to ⅝ of an inch long. This small size compared with a roach's ability to squish its body through tight spaces and climb upsidedown makes getting indoors easy for these pests. If you are looking for places where cockroaches are getting inside, look for damage to your foundation, unsecured or ripped screens, and doors and windows that do not have weatherstripping or door sweeps.

Natural Cockroach Prevention Tips For Chesapeake Homes

If you do not want cockroaches crawling around inside your Chesapeake home and are looking for some natural cockroach repellent strategies to keep these pests at bay, here are some tips and tricks to try today. 

  • Use some liquid cement to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your foundation.
  • Make sure all of your window and door screens are in good working condition.
  • Repair damage to weatherstripping and door sweeps around your home.
  • Eliminate sources of water buildup in and around your home.
  • Check your gutters and make sure they are clean and working properly.
  • Keep your living areas clean and tidy.

Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Chesapeake & Keep Them Away

There is only one reliable way to remove and keep out cockroaches from your Chesapeake home, and that is with cockroach pest control. At Hawk Mosquito & Pest, we work hard to make sure our cockroach pest control plans are affordable, effective, and non-invasive. It all starts with a thorough inspection of your home to help our team assess your risk and implement treatment options to either eliminate or prevent these problematic pests.

Reach out to us today if you have any questions about our detailed home pest control and commercial pest control options and schedule your Chesapeake home and property for a thorough pest inspection.