Oriental CockroachOriental cockroaches are common pests that Northern Virginia and Maryland homeowners do not want to see. After all, nobody wants cockroaches in their home!  In this article, we will investigate some of the most effective ways to get rid of Oriental cockroaches, how to prevent Oriental cockroaches from invading your house, and whether or not they carry diseases.

What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Oriental Cockroaches?

The best way to get rid of Oriental cockroaches is by eliminating them when you see them. Smash them or vacuum them. Clean and declutter to eliminate food sources and hiding spots. Set traps to monitor and catch cockroaches. Roach sprays you can purchase at retail stores will offer some quick relief because they are effective at killing roaches on contact. However, these products are not effective long-term solutions. Retail products will push roaches deeper into the walls and other hiding spots. This will make the problem more difficult to resolve. These sprays also often smell awful. In contrast, most professional products we use to kill Oriental roaches and other pests are odorless.

If none of these methods work or you are overwhelmed by an infestation, call your local pest control company like My Pest Pros. Professional exterminators from My Pest Pros are able to inspect, safely treat your property, and set traps in the most effective places to eliminate your cockroach problem fast.

How Do I Prevent Oriental Cockroaches in My House?

The best way to get rid of the roaches in your house is to prevent them from coming in in the first place. Since Oriental cockroaches are attracted to sources of food like unsealed food containers and crumbs on the floor, make sure that you keep your kitchen clean.

Ensure that all open food containers are properly sealed in plastic or glass since roaches can chew through paper and cardboard. Keep a tight lid on your garbage can and make sure all of your kitchen cabinets and drawers close completely. Seal gaps around your home and around pipes. Look for moisture problems.

Have a professional exterminator like My Pest Pros based out of Fairfax, Virginia spray the inside and outside of your house for roaches, especially during the summer months when they are most active.

Do Oriental Cockroaches Carry Disease?

Oriental cockroaches aren’t just unsightly invaders in your home, they can also carry a host of diseases. While these bugs don’t typically bite, they can transfer disease-causing bacteria in your food or on utensils and plates as they crawl around in search of food.

The most common illnesses Oriental cockroaches carry are those associated with gastroenteritis and can present in various ways from diarrhea to food poisoning to dysentery. If you suspect that a roach has been in your food, throw it away. If there is evidence that an Oriental cockroach has crawled over your dinnerware, wash it thoroughly with hot soapy water.

Clean cabinets, kitchen counters, and other surfaces where cockroaches are sighted.


Oriental cockroaches can be easily killed with roach spray and traps; however, the best disposal method is prevention. Keep your kitchen clean and your food stored properly to prevent an infestation.

If you need help getting rid of Oriental cockroaches or other pests, contact My Pest Pros today at 703-665-4455. and schedule your treatment!