Discovering a cockroach in your home is unsettling, but it can happen to anyone. Despite what you may think, a clean and tidy home isn’t enough to deter these pests. While in search of food and water, they can crawl inside through small holes in the wall, gaps around windows or doors, and hitchhike in bags.
To effectively eliminate cockroaches, it’s important to identify what species is present. Let’s take a look at the most common types of cockroaches in Virginia and what you can do to keep them away.
Types of Cockroaches
There are four types of roaches commonly found in Virginian homes, including the American Cockroach, the Brown-banded Cockroach, the German Cockroach, and the Oriental Cockroach.
Also called the water bug or palmetto bug, the American cockroach is the largest roach species you’ll find in your home. They’re a reddish-brown with antennae, six legs, and wings that enable them to fly short distances. American cockroaches nest in warm, moist, and dark spaces such as the kitchen, bathroom, and basement.
Brown-banded cockroaches are named for the two lighter bands that run across their otherwise dark brown bodies. At half an inch long, these roaches can hide in a variety of unusual places, including behind picture frames. They will eat almost anything, from food scraps to wallpaper. The most common way for brown-banded cockroaches to come inside your home is through infested items such as furniture, groceries, and electronics.
The German cockroach is the most common species worldwide. They’re less than an inch long and a light brown, with two dark stripes on their head. They’re often found in residential and commercial buildings, most often in bathrooms or kitchens. German cockroach infestations cause a mild, musty odor that worsens over time. This species of roach can also cause illness and allergic reactions.
With shiny black bodies, Oriental cockroaches are the easiest to identify. Despite having wing pads, this species does not have actual wings and cannot fly. They frequent moist areas like gutters, sewers, storm drains, and flowerbeds. Oriental cockroaches enter your home through utility pipes and the crawl space, often nesting in bathrooms to stay near a water source.
Are Cockroaches Dangerous?
While cockroaches are not directly poisonous, sharing the space with them can have negative consequences to your health. They have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. Once roaches are established, they multiply and quickly become overwhelming, so it’s important to take action quickly.
How to Prevent Cockroaches
Roaches are simple creatures, and they are generally only after two things: food and water. Sometimes keeping a clean home isn’t enough, but the most effective ways of preventing the unwanted visitors are keeping your food contained and your space dry. Cleaning up crumbs after eating, limiting dining to one room, and drying up any surface moisture are all ways to make your home less inviting to cockroaches.
How to Get Rid of Roaches
Cockroaches are notoriously stubborn pests. They’re able to live one month without food, one week without water, and several days without its head. While store-bought treatments may seem effective, they only give you short-term relief. For lasting results, trust the experts here at Getem Services. Our exterminators will quickly and safely get rid of cockroaches, guaranteed!
What Indicates a Cockroach Problem?
Unfortunately, seeing one cockroach usually means that there are more where it came from. Roaches are nocturnal and like to be in dark places, so seeing one out in the open might be a sign there are several more crowded in a closed area. Some other common signs of a roach infestation to look out for in your home are droppings that look similar to spilled coffee grounds, smear marks on walls, and damage to your belongings- including furniture, food, books, and more.
What Does a Baby Cockroach Look Like?
Baby cockroaches, also known as nymphs, are very small, a lighter color than full grown roaches, and do not have developed wings. They grow by shedding their skin until they reach maturity. One way to identify having a young roach in your home is seeing their exoskeletons on the ground. If you suspect your house has cockroach nymphs, it might be time to call an exterminator.
Is Roach Treatment Safe?
Choosing the right treatment is a vital step in pest control. At Getem Services, we prioritize the safety of your family and pets, as well the environment. Like all of our treatments, our cockroach treatment is EPA approved and family friendly. We eliminate the problem with minimal impact so you can enjoy maximum relief.