Pest Guide : What Cockroach Species Cause Problems in Virginia, Maryland, and DC?

What You Need to Know About Cockroaches

There are thousands of cockroach species around the world, but only 30 species are associated with human habitats. In the greater DC areas specifically, there are primarily only four cockroaches that cause problems for homes: the American Cockroach, German Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach, and Asian Cockroach.

Of these four species, our team specializes in exterminating the American, German, and Oriental Cockroaches. All three of these species are dangerous and common home invaders. They can lead to respiratory ailments and several other harmful conditions.

If you suspect that American, German, or Oriental Cockroaches are invading your home, contact exterminators immediately. Our team will be at the location as soon as possible to start learning the terrain and identifying effective treatment options.

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How to Identify an Cockroach Infestation

Identifying Common Cockroach Species that can invade your home or business.

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American Cockroach

The American Cockroach has a reddish brown color, and they are very large. They are normally 1 to 1.5 inches long. You can identify American Cockroaches by looking for lighter-colored edges around the body. Additionally, their wings appear larger than the body.

You’re most likely to find the American Cockroach in warm, moist locations. Inside the home, they like to hang around sewers, basements, bathrooms, and other areas where moisture piles up. These cockroaches specifically like to breed around sewer facilities, but they will venture into other buildings for more networks. This explains why American Cockroaches are an issue for old row homes.

German Cockroach

The German Cockroach is a smaller species. It is only 1/4 to 5/8 of an inch, and it is light brown or tan. An identifying characteristic of the German Cockroach is that it has dark stripes placed along the length of its head.

German Cockroaches are often misidentified as Asian Cockroaches. The species looks very similar and is about the same size. You can separate a German Cockroach from an Asian Cockroach by its flying patterns. German Cockroaches mainly scurry and are poor flyers. Asian Cockroaches, in contrast, are fantastic Flyers and choose to fly away.

Because of their size, German Cockroaches like to live in small cracks or crevices. They flock to moisture, but they will hide out in small crevices around the moisture. When infestations begin, German Cockroaches stay in cracks along the bathroom or kitchen. The infestation can escalate so that the cockroaches are found throughout the entire home.

If you find a German Cockroach in your home, it’s important to act fast. This cockroach species is the most common in homes and commercial locations because they are one of the most invasive species. They can be found in basically every structure where humans live and are adaptive to changing environments. They are even good at catching a ride on unsuspecting hosts.

Even though German Cockroaches can’t adapt to most environments, they prefer areas that have boxes, bags, and other safe places to hide.

A single female German Cockroach can have up to 40 eggs at a time, and she can produce three or four generations every year. Because of how quickly German Cockroaches reproduce, just a few cockroaches can turn into a full-blown infestation in just three months.

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroaches are about 1 inch long, but they have a dark, oily black appearance, making it easy to separate them from the American and German Cockroaches. These cockroaches appear wingless at first, but they have wings if you look closer.

Oriental Cockroaches prefer dark and moist areas. They like to hang out in wet basements and around sewer drains or pipes. You can also find Oriental Cockroaches in crawlspaces, under porches, and other similar locations.


Common Questions About Cockroaches

Cockroaches mainly invade homes as a way to find a habitat or home. American and German Cockroaches seek similar environments for breeding purposes.

Locations that make good breeding spots include an excess of food, water, warmth, humidity, and locations for breeding. Most homes provide all four of these things, though some homes provide more of them than others.

If your home has excess humidity, moisture, and food, American and German Cockroaches will more than likely find a place to reproduce. Just a single pregnant female can cause an infestation in your home in next to no time.

Cockroaches are more than just creepy. They are very dangerous. These insects are associated with many illnesses and health problems. They can spread bacterial and viral pathogens on their bodies and feces. These pathogens have been known to cause salmonella poisoning, diarrhea, dysentery, and asthma attack.

Individuals with known health conditions, asthma, or weakened immunity are especially at risk of cockroaches.

Cockroaches are incredibly difficult to get rid of due to their hardiness and adaptability. To ensure the extermination goes over without a hitch, it’s important to contact trained professionals who excel at locating cockroaches and exterminating them.

Our team has specialized knowledge in finding cockroaches’ hiding places and treating them accordingly. We work with homes and families to determine the best treatment option and customize it to your home’s unique needs.

All of our customized options are safe to use around your family. All products used are registered by the EPA, and our professionals know exactly how to apply the products so that you, your family, and your pets remain safe while getting rid of the cockroach problem.

Since cockroach infestations can blow out of hand and just several weeks, our team members will be at your home quickly to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. To learn more about cockroach treatment options in the area, give us a call today.

Between the adaptability of cockroaches and the danger they pose to your home, you should not perform DIY methods when exterminating cockroaches. DIY methods are rarely successful, and they waste your time and money. Because it only takes one pregnant female to cause an infestation, it’s best to trust the professionals with this problem.

Preventing cockroaches is no easy feat. They can sneak into the smallest of crevices, and they can hitchhike on your body or luggage whenever you travel. For this reason, early detection is the best way to treat cockroach problems. As soon as you see one cockroach, contact an exterminator because there will be a big problem in no time.

There are other ways that you can minimize your home’s hospitality to cockroaches. Firstly, reduce excess sources of water and cut off access to food. Clean up frequently, use airtight containers, pick up spilled pet foods, and dispose of food properly.

Whenever you bring food or other objects home, inspect the boxes or bags for hitchhikers. This is especially true when bringing in objects from large commercial locations with excess food, such as grocery stores.

A recurring pest protection program from My Pest Pros can help identify problem areas and protect against roaches as well as other pest issues.



Tips for Preventing Cockroaches

  • Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately.
  • Use vinegar-based cleaning products. They effectively eliminate the pheromone trails that cockroaches leave behind.
  • Remove garbage from home frequently.
  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Put away food—including any uneaten pet food.
  • Repair any holes or gaps around the exterior and interior of your home.
  • Mow the lawn and trim trees around the house.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Cochroaches

With over a decade of experience protecting homes and businesses in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., we know what is required for effective cockroach control and prevention.

Many products will eliminate the problem but protect against future roach infestations. Our trained professionals deal with various pest infestations. Their experience and expertise allow them to form an effective treatment plan. Our professional team not only eradicates current problems but also provides preventative care. With our protection plan, the tiny household invaders will be eradicated both now and in the future with regular treatment visits. These visits are effective at treating and preventing roach infestations.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your cockroach problem, today and tomorrow.

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