- Why do I have cockroaches?
Both the German cockroach and American cockroach seek similar environments in which to breed. A suitable site will consist very simply of food, water, humidity, warmth and a secure breeding place. The American cockroach prefers to breed in and around underground sewer facilities.
They also seek out utility networks from which they may venture out into other buildings. This is why we often find American cockroach activity in older row homes. Areas of high humidity are preferred, such as in basements, boiler rooms, steam tunnels and sewers. German cockroaches are much more likely found moving from place to place in bags, boxes and even on clothing. With both species, it only takes one pregnant female to create an infestation. Cockroach numbers can increase almost exponentially if conditions are favorable.
- Are they dangerous?
Many illnesses and health problems are associated with German and American cockroaches. They carry viral and bacterial pathogens on their bodies and in their feces which can cause, among others:
- How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Most people understand just how difficult cockroaches can be to get rid of ; in fact, their toughness is the stuff of urban legend. This naturally nocturnal pest has a keen ability to quickly adapt to almost any surrounding. American Pest’s highly trained pest control professionals excel at knowing just where cockroaches hide.
They will also determine which cockroach treatment solutions will be the most effective. Using our S.T.A.R system of pest control, we will customize a solution to rid you of these tough, disease carrying pests. Contact American Pest today for more information about the cockroach treatment options available in D.C., and throughout our area.
- Can I do it myself?
Many do-it-yourself methods to try and get rid of cockroaches do not work. Getting rid of roaches takes a trained professional. One who knows where to find these pests in your home or business. As mentioned before, it only takes one egg-carrying female to create an infestation.
- How soon can you get here?
At American Pest, we pride ourselves on our speed and delivery of service. We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.
- Is the treatment safe?
American Pest employs an arsenal of pest control products. Every product we use has been registered by the EPA for pest control use. This means you can rest assured that no harm will come to humans or pets while your pest control treatment is taking place.
- How can I prevent this in the future?
Preventing cockroaches is not an easy task. We just cannot say when and where you might come in contact with these smart hitchhikers. Detecting infestations early and conducting treatments aligned to their breeding patterns is the key to any successful cockroach control plan.
You can attempt to limit the likelihood of a growing infestation by:
-Reducing or eliminating all sources of water
-Cutting off all access to food; keep food items in sealed, air-tight containers
-Cleaning up spilled pet foods and remove grease stains around kitchen stoves and appliances
-Inspecting items such as boxes, grocery bags and shipping packages before they enter the home
-Removing clutter and excess harborage areas such as old newspapers, magazines and boxes