Even if you have the cleanest property in Baltimore, there is a chance you could have cockroaches. The pesky bugs sneak in through small spaces and spread diseases due to their filthy habits.
Unfortunately, once you have a cockroach infestation in your Baltimore home, it’s tough to get rid of them. Taking steps to prevent them from entering your home is the best way to avoid the hassle of removing these unwelcome guests.
Common Cockroaches in Baltimore
While there are many types of cockroaches throughout the United States, there are four that you’ll tend to find in your home.
The American cockroach is reddish-brown and has a yellowish band behind its head. This species can grow to about 3 inches in length, and they can fly. In Southern states, residents refer to them as Palmetto bugs.
The brown-banded cockroach is the smallest of the four species on this list. They are light brown and have long antennae. Similar to the other cockroaches on this list, brown-banded cockroaches spread a variety of diseases. As they make their way through your home, they spread diseases to your food and surfaces.
Another common cockroach is the German cockroach, especially in large cities. They are similar to American cockroaches but are smaller. They also have two distinct dark lines on the back of their heads. This species can fly but tends to run instead.
Oriental cockroaches are dark brown with a reddish tint. They have short antennae, several smaller body segments, and functionless wing pads. In particular, oriental cockroaches prefer cold, damp places. You’ll often find them in drains, disposals, and plumbing cabinets.
Where Can I Find Cockroaches?
All cockroaches tend to live in places that are heavily laden with filth. Then, they move into homes when the weather gets too hot, cold, wet, or dry.
Ideally, cockroaches stay outside. But all too often, they move into homes if they find small spaces, food sources, and water. Their favorite indoor areas include attic vents and chimneys, bathrooms, kitchen cupboards, countertops, and laundry rooms.
Human Health Risks From Cockroaches
Cockroaches tend to live in areas where diseases are common. The pathogens and allergens stick to their legs and feet, spreading as the roaches move through your home. Diseases and bacteria they spread include diarrhea, dysentery, salmonella, e. Coli, and typhoid fever.
Cockroach droppings also can trigger allergic and asthmatic reactions. Young children who live in large cities are more susceptible. That’s why it’s a good idea to have year-round pest control on your home.
Cockroach Prevention Tips
Once cockroaches move in, it is tough to get rid of them. Taking steps to prevent them from moving into your home makes life easier.
Cockroaches often lay eggs in cardboard boxes, old newspapers, and other used paper products. Dispose of these types of materials rather than save them. The pests also find refuge in clutter, so do not let it build up, especially in your basement and garage.
Cockroaches also tend to like moist and dark spots, so do not let moisture build up in your basement. Use a dehumidifier in humid areas of your home. Check your cabinets and pipes for water leaks. If you find any, be sure to repair them immediately.
Cockroaches also like when food is available. So, seal your open containers, don’t leave pet food out, and clean your dirty dishes rather than leave them in the sink. Only use trash bins with lids, and place outdoor trash bins away from your garage and other entrances.
Got Roaches in Your Baltimore Home? Call Phenom Pest Protection!
Unfortunately, cockroaches are everywhere, even in Baltimore. The pesky bugs have developed a resilience to insecticides, so they are hard to get rid of once you have them. They do spread disease, so if you see any in your home, try to eliminate them right away.
The experts at Phenom Pest Protection know the best ways to remove cockroaches from Baltimore homes. We can also help prevent them from moving in. Call us today to get rid of these dangerous and filthy pests immediately!