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Cockroaches are among the most troublesome pests found in households and commercial establishments. Not only is their mere presence a nuisance, they are capable of carrying a wide variety of disease pathogens, causing allergic reactions in many people, and are among the most difficult pests to eliminate. When it comes to the My Pest Pros roach extermination process, detection and removal of these needs comes first.
Why Choose My Pest Pros For Cockroach Control?
With over ten years experience in this industry, we know what it takes when it comes to cockroach control, prevention, and protection. Unlike nationwide providers, we use effective methods that work well in Fairfax County, NOVA, Beltway Region, Montgomery & Prince George’s County, MD to get rid of your cockroach infestation. Our trained technicians can diagnose the severity of any potential problem and create a customized treatment plan that will not only get rid of current pests, but help prevent future ones as well! We have the necessary roach extermination equipment and knowledge to take care of any size infestation.
Types of Cockroaches
The American cockroach is the largest of the house-infesting cockroaches. They are reddish brown and up to two inches in length with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head. They are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but can survive lower temperatures with the right conditions. American cockroaches are often found in sewers and basements, particularly around pipes and drains. They are most commonly found in food processing and storage areas
Brown banded cockroaches get their name from the two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. In addition to this distinctive banding, males have full wings, which reach beyond the tip of their pointed abdomens. Females have underdeveloped wings, much shorter than their broad, rounded abdomens. The lighter band markings are much more distinct in nymphs than in adults of either sex. Male brownbanded cockroaches have been observed to fly indoors. Brownbanded cockroaches often hide their egg cases in or under furniture. Within a room, these roaches tend to prefer warmer, drier, and higher locations than any of the other urban pest roaches. They are often found in upper cabinets or in rooms other than kitchens (food preparation areas) or bathrooms.
The German cockroach is by far the most troublesome and commonly found pest cockroach. Their coloring varies between tan and light brown, with two dark, almost parallel stripes located on their backs, just behind their heads. German cockroaches can be found throughout structures but show a preference for warm and humid places. They are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms, but infestations often occur in rooms where people eat and drink. German cockroaches prefer to live in cracks and crevices near food sources and spend 75% of their time in such harborages. German cockroaches prefer to live close to sources of food and water, hence their affinity for residential and commercial kitchen environments.
Oriental Cockroaches, Blatta orientalis (L.), are large very dark (almost black, sometimes dark reddish-brown), shiny cockroaches which live in sewers and similar wet, decaying organic matter. They are sometimes called “water bugs” because they come out of drains, and “black beetle cockroaches” because of their smooth, dark bodies. Males are about 1 inch long, with wings that cover about 3/4 of their abdomen; females are about 1 1/4 inch long, and have short, stubbed wing pads. This species of cockroach often travels through sewer pipes. It survives on filth and prefers temperatures from 68 to 84 degrees, which is cooler than the preferences of most other cockroach species. Oriental cockroaches are often found in sewers and will enter structures through drains. They find indoor harborage in basements and crawl spaces. They can also be found in leaf piles and firewood outdoors.
Signs of Cockroaches
Cockroaches are attracted to all types of food available in your home, and will eat anything from food, paper, packaging, plastics and fabrics. If you suspect a cockroach problem in your home or business there are some simple ways to tell. An established cockroach infestation produces a lingering and unpleasant odor that taints items they contact. If water is available cockroaches will produce brown/black cylindrical droppings, approx. 2mm long, and brown irregular shaped smear marks. Check for marks on horizontal surfaces and at wall-floor junctions where cockroaches run along. Additionally, cockroaches shed 'cast nymphal' skins 5-8 times as they mature to adults. These shed skins are usually found close to where the cockroaches are sheltering. Typical places to check for cockroach infestations are bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and drains.
Effective Cockroach Treatment
Cockroaches are best controlled using a combination of techniques. Since roaches flourish where food, moisture, and shelter are readily available, cleanliness is important in preventing and correcting problems. Insecticides are usually necessary to eliminate infestations, especially of German cockroaches, which are highly reproductive. Emphasis should be on finding and treating preferred harborage locations, rather than randomly spraying baseboards, countertops and other exposed surfaces.
Most insecticides come in the form of liquid or aerosol sprays, while others are formulated as edible baits or dusts. My Pest Pros aims to remove as many cockroaches as possible to reduce those that breed. However, it usually takes multiple treatments to completely get rid of the cockroach infestation due to the cockroaches breeding cycles. Other companies will promise low priced, single treatments but essentially these are with low-quality repellent products. These products will kill some of the cockroaches, but drive them deeper into your home, creating a bigger problem. Self-treating also enhances the problem and can make cockroach control more difficult as it will counteract any insecticide products we use, and not allow enough time for the products to work.
Cockroach Protection Plan
My Pest Pros offers a 30 day guarantee for a one time intensive roach series treatment, which typically consists of three to four treatments. Our recommended option would be to enroll in a monthly, quarterly, or annual Pest Protection Plan. Cockroaches are pests that can find there way back into your home or business and quickly breed. Our goal is to use the least intrusive/least toxic treatments for solving or preventing your pest problem. When you contact our office, we are happy to provide you a general price range and answer any questions that you have.
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