How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches: A Comprehensive Guide For Fairfax Homeowners
October 15, 2023 - Cockroaches
When most people imagine cockroaches, they think of movies where these insects crawl around dirty homes or run-down buildings. But cockroaches will invade any home that gives them access to food, water, and shelter, and once they get inside, it is a challenge to get them out. If you feel like you are losing the battle against these troublesome pests, we are here to help.
This guide will explain more about cockroaches, including how to identify the most common species that invade homes and the risks they bring to your family. We'll also provide practical tips to help prevent them from returning. Learn how to achieve successful pest control in your Fairfax home with the pros from SPRK.
Understanding The Cockroach Problem: Identifying The Culprits
Cockroaches are good at hiding and flattening their bodies to fit in small cracks and crevices. Your best chance to see one is when you flick on a kitchen or bathroom light late at night and catch a glimpse of these nocturnal pests quickly running away. The following list describes the most common types of cockroaches that infest local homes so you can identify them quickly:
American cockroaches are reddish-brown and have a yellow figure-eight pattern on the back of their heads.
German cockroaches are light brown to tan and have two dark stripes on their backs just behind the head.
Oriental cockroaches are shiny black to dark reddish-brown.
If you have trouble identifying the type of cockroach you have, the pros from SPRK are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our roach control services or to request a free quote.
Health Risks And Property Damage: The Hazards Of Cockroaches
Cockroaches are dirty pests that feed and live among garbage, sewage, and animal decay outdoors. When they find a way inside your house, they contaminate your food and surfaces with dangerous bacteria, causing health issues like dysentery, salmonellosis, and E. coli infections. Cockroach droppings in your home can cause year-round allergy symptoms and asthma attacks, especially in children.
Property damage is generally limited to belongings, primarily because these pests eat almost anything, including leather, book pages, and cardboard, and chew through food packages, causing expensive food waste. If you suspect cockroaches are in your home, the sooner you get them out, the better. Contact us today at SPRK for help removing roaches and protecting your family from their risks.
Expert Cockroach Elimination: Call In The Pros Right Away
Cockroaches are not pests you want to attempt DIY pest control with. These insects are highly adaptable, breed rapidly, and can develop a resistance to control products that they can pass on to their offspring. Contact us at SPRK today for help getting rid of cockroaches and preventing another infestation.
Maintenance Tips: Ensuring Long-Term Cockroach Control
After we eliminate your cockroach infestation, it is time to take steps to ensure they won't be returning. Keeping up with the following maintenance tips can help keep these troublesome pests away:
Regularly check the exterior of your house for cracks and crevices and seal them with silicone caulk.
Install mesh screens over drains and vents and keep the kitchen drain and garbage disposal clean.
Address moisture issues and install dehumidifiers in damp areas.
Keep your home clean, especially in eating spots, and vacuum frequently to remove crumbs.
Avoid leaving food out, including pet food.
SPRK's pest control services can help you to eliminate these pests and prevent another infestation. Contact us today to learn more or to request a free inspection.