How To Avoid Cockroaches During The Holiday Season


cockroach found in kitchen

OK, let’s face it, there is nothing worse than having a cockroach dart across the kitchen counter this time of year. With all of the holiday baking, parties, and Christmas dinners to cook and bake for it seems as though it couldn't get worse. Even if it is while you are cleaning up after making all of those delicious treats, seeing a roach run across the pantry floor would be horrifying. What if one of your family, friends, or other guests catches a glimpse of a cockroach? They are not likely to forget it for many years to come. Not only is the sight of them traumatizing, but just thinking of the many diseases they carry can be disheartening, and you don’t want to make anyone sick. They can carry viruses and bacteria in their feces and on their bodies that can cause salmonella, diarrhea, dysentery, and asthma or allergic reactions in some people.

Signs of Cockroach Activity:

If you see any warning signs of cockroach activity in your home, call on American Pest right away; we can help! You most likely won’t see the cockroaches because they are nocturnal. Here are some warning signs that you have a cockroach infestation:

  • Live cockroaches behind refrigerators, under sinks and stoves, near floor drains, and behind wallpaper. They can also be found in crevices and underneath mats.

  • Visible feces will look like black pepper, coffee grounds or cylindrical droppings.

  • An unpleasant odor that may be a strong oily or musty smell.

  • Dead cockroach carcasses.

  • Oval-shaped egg cases.

  • Shed exoskeletons.

Preventing and getting rid of Cockroaches

Preventing and getting rid of cockroaches is not an easy task. You can limit the size of your infestation by:

  • reducing water sources.
  • eliminating access to food sources.
  • inspecting items that come in from outdoors.
  • removing excess clutter from inside your home.

However, realistically you need professional year-round pest control services to assure prevention of roaches in your home. American Pest, serving Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland, offers excellent pest control services. Check out our residential pest control Preferred Care plans that offer comprehensive, eco-friendly pest control solutions, created to solve your pest problems and protect your home, family, and pets. Call American Pest today, and don’t let cockroaches ruin your Christmas holiday.


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