We receive calls day and night from people asking us to end their pest problems. But there’s no other infestation that disgusts our customers more than a cockroach infestation. Cockroaches are usually found in kitchens, destroying food stored in cabinets and pantries. And in addition to this nuisance, they’re capable of causing respiratory issues in people by triggering allergic reactions. If you’ve seen one in your home it’s important to call the expert exterminators at EcoTek for a free cockroach inspection. Speed is of the essence because of how fast they’re capable of multiplying.
Cockroaches may wander into your home from the outside, or you may bring them in through a package or even shopping bags. They will soon spread out in search of food and a steady water source. They are commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Repairing leaks and keeping your home free of crumbs can help reduce the chances of of a cockroach infestation. Cutting back tree limbs that hang over your roof and sealing up cracks around your doors and windows can help reduce the chance of them finding a way into your home. If you live in an apartment or townhome, you may face additional issues when trying to deal with your roach infestation. You will likely need the help of a professional.
Each type of cockroach needs a different style of treatment. At EcoTek, our experts can quickly identify the type and create a treatment plan for your specific needs. We use a variety of methods to treat the roaches and flush them out of their nests. The United States is home for thousands of different types of cockroaches–but in Virginia we are most often tasked with eliminating 2 variations of roach.
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The German Cockroach
The German cockroach is the type of roach most likely to set up in your kitchen.They are the smallest type of roach we deal with and they’re normally around 1/2 inch in size. And despite the fact they’re small in stature, they’re more than capable of having quite the negative impact on your home. You can identify them by the 2 dark parallel lines which are located right behind their head. The German cockroach hates the cold, but regardless of season, they’re capable of thriving and reproducing rapidly in your kitchen until there are thousands completely infesting your home.
The American Cockroach
The American cockroach is one of the largest types of roaches we exterminate. They are capable of growing as large as 1 1/2 inches in size. These are colloquially referred to as Palmetto bugs, and are also known as water bugs due to the fact they prefer warm and moist areas and are regularly found in laundry rooms, hampers, crawl spaces, basements and bathrooms. When it’s warm outside you’ll typically find these bugs outside. But as the temperature drops they will seek refuge in warmer areas–such as your home or business.
Free Cockroach Inspection and Estimate
Once you see any type of cockroach inside of, or around your building, you should call us as soon as possible. We will come out and provide a free cockroach inspection to determine the extent of your infestation. We will identify the areas where the cockroaches are living and breeding, as well as find the signs of damage they’ve left in their wake.
Cockroach Control Treatment
We have a comprehensive treatment plan for exterminating adult cockroaches and their larvae which includes the use of several treatment methods and insecticides. One common misconception is that eliminating roaches is as easy as just spraying the areas where they live, but it is actually more complicated than that. In truth, it involves the use of bait systems in addition with insecticides which are specifically designed to deal with the type of pest we’re killing. Once we’ve finished our treatment process you can rest assured that your cockroach problem is solved for good. That’s because all of our work is backed by our Pest Free Warranty which means if you ever see another cockroach, we will come out to perform another treatment, for free.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find cockroach nests?
Cockroaches make their nests in dark spaces that are free from vibrations. They like spaces that are warm and near a food or water source. You can often find nests behind refrigerators, in cupboards or in crawl spaces. You can tell it is a nest because of the number of dead bugs, and droppings.
Can I have more than one type of roach in my home at once?
It is possible to have multiple types of roaches in your home. German and Oriental cockroaches are commonly found in homes or apartments. American cockroaches may wander in from outdoors seeking water or food. The roaches may come in on their own or they may be carried inside in packages or boxes.
What diseases do cockroaches spread?
Cockroaches can carry bacteria and germs from one area to another. These bacteria can cause diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, plague and typhoid fever. They can also aggravate people who have allergies or asthma. Cockroaches spread these diseases when they crawl over your dishes or get inside of your food sources.
How do I effectively clean up after a cockroach infestation?
It is important to clean up any area where you think that cockroaches have had a nest or have been. Begin by vacuuming or sweeping up the dead roaches, debris and egg casings that may be left behind. Then you will need to clean the area with soap and water.
What cockroach control do you offer for apartments or townhomes?
We offer multi-family unit pest control options. We can treat the entire building and then provide exterior treatments to keep the roaches from entering the building. If you are an apartment complex owner or manage a home owner’s association, please contact us to learn what options are available and what will work best for your situation.
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