One pest infestation that every homeowner hates to find is a cockroach infestation. They're messy, incredibly resilient, and a large enough infestation is terribly dangerous to your health. Cockroaches spread diseases, cause allergic reactions, and extended exposure to an infestation has been known to cause young children to develop asthma. Housing these infectious insects can lead to serious trouble for your Virginia Beach home and household, but how can you keep them out?
Common Cockroaches In Virginia Beach
There are over four thousand species of cockroaches worldwide, but thankfully they don't all enjoy indoor dining. Most prefer to stay outside, where they can find more than enough moisture and preferable temperatures. There are a few that are more than happy to inhabit Virginia Beach homes, though:
- American cockroaches – between 1 to 2 inches, light to dark brown, flat oval-shaped bodies with long wings
- German cockroaches – ½ to 5/8 of an inch, tan to light brown, flat bodies with long wings and dark stripes on their heads
- Oriental cockroaches – roughly 1 inch, reddish-brown to black, flat wingless bodies
Cockroaches are very fast insects, capable of skittering up to three miles in a single night. While this is a pretty impressive feat in itself, it's also terrifying. These creatures are well-known for transmitting harmful and even deadly pathogens by simply walking over countertops, appliances, and dining utensils. If you have a cockroach infestation, you can be certain that every surface in your house has been contaminated.
What Attracts Cockroaches To Virginia Beach Homes
It's a common misconception that cockroaches only inhabit homes with poor hygiene. While an unkempt environment provides a more preferable living situation for them, these roaches are fully capable of living in even the cleanest homes. Most of the time they're enticed inside, but sometimes they're accidentally invited in by way of hitchhiking:
- Active leaks and excessive moisture
- Food and crumbs left on floors and countertops
- Improperly sealed food bags
- Inclement weather will chase them inside
- Can be brought in with stored boxes, furniture left outside too long, and in luggage while staying at an infested residence or hotel
How To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Virginia Beach Home
Cockroaches will find any and every way to get inside your Virginia Beach home, so the best first step is to make sure there aren't any cracks or holes in your outer walls and foundation. Seal up any gaps you find, including around outdoor-leading pipes and wires, and replace any worn-down insulation on windows and door frames. Cockroaches are expert climbers as well, so always check the roof and trim for easily overlooked gaps.
As for the inside of your home, you'll need to reduce factors that will entice them inside. Clean all food prep areas immediately after preparing meals, pick up any spills as soon as they happen, and sweep and vacuum regularly to minimize the number of crumbs on your floor. Fix any leaky pipes that may be causing excess moisture, and invest in a dehumidifier for those moisture-producing rooms such as a basement, laundry room, kitchen, and bathroom.
How To Eliminate A Cockroach Infestation In Your Virginia Beach Home
Cockroaches are incredibly resilient insects, and most store-bought pesticides are largely ineffective against them. Not only that, but they can contain harmful chemicals that could be dangerous for your household. When it comes to eradicating harmful infestations, it's always best to call a professional at the first sign of a problem.
At Mosquito Elite Pest Control, we know how important your family's health and safety are to you. Every pest control treatment is specially designed for each customer's needs, and we only use the best quality pesticides and equipment in all of our treatments. When you hear skittering in the dead of night, give us a call to ease your fright. Call us today at (757)689-0640 to start discussing your pest control options right away.