Cockroaches do not belong inside homes. It’s that simple. Unlike our chosen pets, who we adopted for their love and companionship, cockroaches add nothing good to our lives! When roaches get into homes, disease can result, as they contaminate everything they touch with their tiny feet. If cockroaches are crawling around inside your D.C. home, we can help. We have a solution for you here at Pest Czar.

Common Cockroaches In D.C.

In D.C. we have 4 prominent species of cockroach known for being house-invading, disease-spreading pests. Here is a brief description of each.

The American Roach

1 ¼” – 2 ⅛” long, the American roach can be identified by its reddish-brown body and yellow figure-8 branded head. These roaches are usually found in hotter and more humid areas around a home.

The German Roach

½”-⅝” long with a light brown to tan body. The German roach can be distinguished by the two dark, almost parallel stripes just behind their heads. These roaches are found in nests around kitchens and bathrooms.

The Oriental Roach

1” long as a fully grown adult, the Oriental roach can easily be identified by its shiny sleek black body. These roaches are found in humid areas around the home.

The Brown Banded Roach

½” long and brown in color, the brown-banded cockroach is known for its pronounced yellowish-tan banding that runs across its wings. These roaches are found higher up in the home, usually at or above eye level.

What Attracts Cockroaches To Homes?

Most often cockroaches are not drawn into homes. Instead, they wander inside by accident. However, once inside, if they find a paradise filled with all sorts of goodies and places to hide, they will be more than happy to stick around. Here are some of the most common ways cockroaches wander into homes.

  • Through a utility pipe.
  • Through a sewer drain.
  • Under or around a door.
  • Through a gap, hole, or crack in your home’s foundation.

How Dangerous Are Roaches?

Cockroaches are filthy creatures by nature that host a variety of dangerous bacterias and pathogens that can lead to disease. Here are just a few of the most common diseases you can get from roaches.

  • Salmonellosis
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Dysentery
  • Leprosy
  • Plague

Cockroaches can also trigger asthma attacks with the skin they shed while molting.

Some Preventative Tips For Keeping Roaches Out

  • Seal up gaps, cracks, and holes found in your home’s exterior. Look for these potential entryways around door and window frames, around utility piping, and in your exterior foundation.
  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Clean regularly, making sure to get under appliances.
  • Store leftover foods inside plastic containers.
  • Make sure your trashcans have tight-fitting lids.

When To Call Pest Czar

Dealing with cockroaches on your own can be a messy and dangerous task. Before you go looking for store-bought pest control that will only drain your budget and leave you frustrated, consider the benefits of professional cockroach control with Pest Czar. Our methods quickly and effectively remove and keep cockroaches out of homes. No wasted money, no extra hassle, just results.

If you are looking for proven results for your D.C. home, give us a call today. We would be happy to find the best pest solution to fit your needs.