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Professional Cockroach Pest Control Washington DC
The cockroach is classified as a “household pest.” However, not all species of cockroaches are known to infest houses. In fact, only 30 cockroach species have been associated with home infestation. Scientists have identified around 4,000 cockroach species. Only 5 of these species are found in Washington DC. And, only 2 infest the human habitat.
While most people cannot differentiate between 2 or more cockroach species, nearly everyone can identify the insect. Cockroaches are what exterminators describe as “prolific breeders,” meaning they continuously breed. Following home infiltration, the American and German cockroach species infiltrate residential and commercial establishments.
Early detection is key to a speedy resolution. Learning how to identify the insect and the signs of an infestation will put you one step ahead in the pest control process. Learn more about the cockroach species by reading the content provided in the article below.
Cockroaches In Washington DC
German Cockroach Species
Adults grow up to 5/8” long. The body ranges between tan and light brown in color. The insect’s most unique physical characteristic is the marks on the head plate. These marks are referred to as “racing stripes.”
Another prolific cockroach breeder, producing up to 40 eggs that are stored in a small capsule. The female produces up to 5 capsules, carrying between 30 and 40 eggs in her lifetime. The insect builds its nest underneath or behind kitchen appliances – refrigerator, dishwasher, and range. Even with a set of wings, the mature German cockroach does not have flying capabilities.
American Cockroach Species
Adults grow up 2 inches long. The body ranges between dark brown and reddish/brown. This is one of the longest-living cockroaches species in the world, surviving up to 3 years in controlled environments.
The insect can be found living in public sewage systems and other damp, warm areas. The American cockroach is drawn to sewage and stagnant water. Reports show, the insect is commonly found living near plumbing traps, even after they have been repaired.
Cockroach Species Found In Washington DC
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach Species
The adult Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach Species male is only half the size of the American cockroach, measuring up to an inch long. The mature female is about 1/4-inch smaller than her male counterpart. She is not known to infest or reproduce in the human habitat.
The adult male has a set of developed wings that are utilized to fly toward outdoor lighting fixtures after dark.
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach
Adults grow up to 1/3” in length. The body varies between tan and light brown, with tiny dark spots scattered all over the body. The species made its way to the United States from Europe in the 1900s. The first US sightings were reported in Michigan.
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach is commonly found living in gardens, shrubs, and other damp areas. The insect does not reproduce, following home infiltration. Their developed wings are utilized to fly toward bright outdoor lighting after dark.
Oriental Cockroach Species
Adults grow up to 1-1/4 inches long. The body varies between dark brown and black. The insect has flying capabilities, thanks to a well-developed set of wings.
Why Is My Home Infested With Cockroaches?
Cockroach species that infest the human habitat are not known to discriminate between homes and businesses. Small exterior-to-interior openings are utilized as entry points into buildings.
Do Cockroaches Spread Diseases?
Yes, cockroaches do carry diseases, such as Shigella and salmonella, both of which are connected to contaminated food and water. Cockroaches have multiple purposes in different cultures. For example, some Asian cultures eat cockroaches. In America, cockroaches are utilized as reptile feeders.
Cockroaches ingest contaminated edibles, which are later evacuated from the body through feces. The insect drops the fecal matter along pathways, leading from nests to food supplies.
Getting Rid Of Your Cockroaches
Although you can try using DIY methods, we think it is best to work with a qualified exterminator. Doing so ensures that you can keep your loved ones protected. DIY methods might help but they likely won’t eliminate all of the cockroaches. Therefore, we think it is best to hire us. We offer full-scale cockroach services, including inspections and removals. We’ve carefully selected our techniques to guarantee that we would be able to wipe out the pests.
Work with us and we’ll take care of you and the pest infestation.
When Can You Begin?
Call us and someone from our company will get back to you within 48 hours. We highly recommend immediate action to avoid potential delays that could compromise your case. Remember, early detection is key to a speedy resolution.
Our company offers safe cockroach solutions. We can get rid of the pests without exposing anyone to dangers. Our professional cockroach management combines industrial-strength pesticides and traps, with visual inspections of the impacted property. Our exterminators conduct the inspection before the first treatment strategy is developed.
Preventing Cockroaches From Invading
Properly clean your home. Doing so can prevent these pests from finding food in your home. As soon as you find pests in your home, call our office so we can remove them.