Cockroach Infestation

A cockroach infestation is not something anyone wants to find in their home. If you ignore a cockroach problem it will just get worse. Things like not taking out the trash, not cleaning up the grease on the stove and other unsanitary habits will escalate the problem. A small roach population can, practically, multiply overnight, and can quickly become a homeowner’s nightmare. Even with clean habits, certain types of roaches like the American cockroach will come for other reasons, like excessive levels of moisture.

In our local Hampton Roads area, we commonly see both the German cockroach and the American cockroach. The American cockroach is what many people call a “Palmetto Bug,” or water bug. Yes, we hate to break it to you; these water bugs are actually American cockroaches. They are the same thing. American cockroaches are typically found around trash, dirty laundry baskets, drains and sewers.

On the other hand, the German cockroach is much different. It is much smaller and prefers to hide in areas where food is prepared or stored. A German cockroach can carry 20 to 30 babies in one egg capsule. On a similar note, an American cockroach can carry 15 to 20 babies in one egg capsule. Regardless of the type, the most important way to remove a cockroach infestation is to change the conditions that are causing the problem.

A Cockroach Infestation Nightmare

American Cockroach InfestationOne of the worst roach infestations we have seen was a house that was really bad because the homeowner had boxes of stuff everywhere in the kitchen for the pests to hide. There were lots of food crumbs on the kitchen floor which gave them a constant food supply and good reason to stay. Keeping your home in an unsanitary state is going to make the roaches much harder to evict.

Roaches are especially attracted to anything that has grain in it, like cereal, bread, rice, noodles etc. We highly recommend storing all grain items inside tightly sealed, plastic containers. Be sure to store any other open food products in closed containers to deter other pests.

Grain and other food items can be tainted by the pheromones secretions of the roaches even if they have not touched your food. Securing food items will help prevent roaches from smelling the pheromones, finding the food, contaminating it and costing your wallet. Also, keep a clean kitchen, so you don’t give roaches access to a constant food supply. Sweep often, and wipe down all your countertops. Especially keep the outer and inner areas of the stove clean, and routinely take out the trash.

Don’t wait till it is too late, like this unfortunate homeowner. The nuisance and disgust of these pests running about your home is bad enough, not to mention the added inconvenience and cost of having to throw out tainted food and other contaminated items. At Priority Pest Services, we know how to get rid of cockroaches the right way. Contact us and schedule an appointment to rid your home of those pesky cockroaches. Ask about our free home inspections!