Combating Cockroach Infestations In Christiansburg
It is estimated that there are over 4,500 species of cockroaches found in the world. Each species has its own look and set of behaviors, though many visual characteristics and behaviors are shared between species. When it comes to pest cockroaches, they share the somewhat unique propensity to get into man-made structures. Fortunately, out of 4,500 cockroach species globally, we only deal with about three that get into our Christiansburg homes. But, to be fair, only 65 of the cockroach species in the world live in the United States. Let's take a look at the common cockroaches of Christiansburg.
Pest Roaches in Virginia
The three cockroach types you can expect to find in your Christiansburg home are common to the entire state. They are German cockroaches, American cockroaches, and a few species of wood cockroaches.
Wood cockroaches are probably the most common cockroach in Virginia. These roaches come with good and bad traits. They prefer not to be in our homes, so they're easier to deal with. But they're a roach that doesn't mind being seen crawling around in the daytime.
German cockroaches do very well in our homes, and they can be a serious problem because of their ability to get in and stay permanently. These roaches stay hidden and come out at night. If you see German cockroaches, it is a sign of a much larger infestation.
American cockroaches are large, shiny chestnut-colored roaches. While American cockroaches prefer to be outside, crawling around in damp, wooded areas, they can be a significant household pest. Like German cockroaches, seeing one American cockroach is a sign of a large infestation.
Tips For Combatting Christiansburg Roaches
There are some things you should do and some things you shouldn't do when controlling cockroaches. Both are equally important to know.
Seal any gaps, cracks, or holes in your exterior. A caulking gun, some expanding foam, and a foundation repair kit can help you get things sealed.
Make sure all exterior and interior trash is in sealed receptacles.
Routinely clean trash receptacles.
Keep lights off at night. Some species of cockroach are attracted to light, and they will get into light sockets.
Keep pantry food in sealed, plastic containers.
Clean kitchen spills up quickly.
Keep clutter to a minimum inside and outside of your home.
Put pet food down only during mealtimes.
Keep dog waste picked up in your yard.
Clean recyclables, such as cans and bottles, before putting them outside.
Things you shouldn't do:
It is never a good idea to use insecticides to kill cockroaches. They can create a cuticle (skin) resistant to chemicals and begin to carry those harmful materials into your kitchen and pantry.
Don't put cockroach traps down and call it a day. Cockroaches have natural defense behaviors that help them avoid extermination. Eliminating them requires a systematic approach which is best done by a licensed and experienced pest professional.
The Dangers of Having Cockroaches
Cockroaches are the sanitation engineers of the animal kingdom. They don't just expose themselves to dirty things; they are drawn to dirty things. They are comfortable in a dirty dumpster or crawling around on a dead animal as they are climbing around in your pantry or kitchen. For this reason, they are linked to the spread of more than 33 kinds of harmful bacteria, seven human pathogens, and six parasitic worms. When you see cockroaches inside your Christiansburg home, reach out to us immediately. All Pest Control & Solutions can deal with cockroach infestations, large and small. We also offer residential pest control programs that offer proactive maintenance of cockroach threats.
If you've been on the fence about investing in pest control for your home, let those cockroaches inspire you to take the next step. Roaches are far from the only Christiansburg pests that can present a health threat for you and your family. And some pests can destroy your belongings or damage the wood of your home. Get protected. It is easy to get started. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection. We'll guide you toward a program that is right for your specific pest pressures and your budget.
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