Cockroaches Removal Service in NC & VA
Cockroaches found throughout the US includes the American Cockroach, Smokey Brown Cockroach and German Cockroach. Cockroaches range their habitats from moist, dark areas to relatively warm and humid environments. North Carolina and Virginia cockroaches are one of the largest. As well as being a social insect, cockroaches are also nocturnal. If you see one or two at night, it’s likely that you haven’t seen them all and there are more lurking in the shadows.
Cockroaches release allergens which trigger asthma and there are reports that one in five children in the US have sensitivity to these allergens. Cockroaches also spread bacteria, pathogens and parasitic worms. They transfer these germs whilst walking about from area to area and can pass these on to food sources people eat. Cockroaches are carriers of salmonella, a cause of food poisoning, typhoid as well as pneumonia, gastroenteritis and dysentery as well as a number of other diseases.
American cockroaches are not a common pest in the North Carolina home and are generally found in sewers and commercial facilities such as restaurants or hospitals. They are strong fliers and easily migrate from building to building. They prefer warm damp locations and their preferred diet is fermenting food sources but they will feed on a variety of food sources.
American cockroaches are red-brown in color and size ranges from 1 3/8 to 2 1/8 inches. They can also be distinguished from their fully developed wings which completely cover their abdomen.
Smokey brown cockroach
Smokey brown cockroaches can be found in wood piles, flower plants, garages, attics and crawlspaces. They are strong fliers and are attached to light.
Smokey brown cockroaches are dark brown to mahogany in color and are smaller than the American roach and are between 1 – 1 1/4 inches long.
German cockroaches are the most common household insect in the US and unlike their name suggests, not from Germany. They will typically infest kitchens and bathrooms but anywhere inside a heated structure where there is water, food and harborage for them. They can gain entry into grocery bags, cardboard boxes, drink cards, toasters and microwaves. They prefer to live in cracks and crevices near food and water and will spend up to three quarters of their time there. They will feed on any kind of food including pet food, toothpaste and soap.
German cockroaches are light brown to tan in color, have fully developed wings and are 1/2 to 5/8 inches long.
Why do I have cockroaches?
There may be a number of reasons why may you have cockroaches. They are typically found in or around food areas or areas with moisture like kitchen’s and bathroom’s. They may have found a way into your home and decided to nest and copulate. A cockroach infestation varies in size. They are a tenacious pest and are very unlikely to ever be an endagered species. If you have a cockroach infestation then it’s highly likely that you are going to need professional help to get rid of them. Additionally they like to hide in cracks and crevices and can be hard to find their nesting site.
How to get rid of cockroaches
Effective cockroach management depends on good sanitation to eliminate food, water and harborage for their survival. Clean up in the home and office should be focused on residual food, around trash cans, microwave ovens, refrigerators and other areas where food is exposed. Reducing clutter such as stacked boxes and cartons and eliminating damp areas such as fixing leaking water pipes will all help deter them. Cracks around sinks and fixtures which are mounted to walls should also be caulked as well as fixing any screen vents around doors and windows.
What can I do in the future to avoid cockroaches?
If you do see a cockroach or have a cockroach infestation then we can treat at a time to suit you, whether it’s part of a maintenance contract or one time. Due to the nature of diseases these carry it’s best left to a professional. Four Seasons and HomeTown Pest Control can give you that peace of mind with our effective cockroach control.
Under our common household NC & Virginia pest control program roaches are covered as standard which means there are no additional charges to you as part of our maintenance programs.