Cockroaches – Roaches, nobody wants to hear either one of these references. But in Virginia Beach, they are just part of the ecosystem.
There are over 4,500 known species of cockroaches in the world — definitely not that many near you, but they reproduce so fast that it may seem like you have one of every species in your home. Did you know that female cockroaches do not even need a male to reproduce? They reproduce asexually when there are not enough males present. It’s a major battle getting a cockroach infestation eliminated.
Here are some signs that you may have a Cockroach infestation
Have you found Cockroach Droppings?
The droppings are very similar to a grain of black pepper, about the same size, shape, and color. You will see them in cabinets, drawers, bookshelves, under appliances and other generally out of sight places.
How about Exoskeletons?
They shed their skin (exoskeleton) during a process called molting (similar to a snake) and leave them for you to find. These exoskeletons are brown or black and look like the shell of the cockroach that left it behind. You will find the exoskeletons in the same places as the droppings.
Smells – yes, cockroaches leave an odd smell behind
The exoskeleton primarily has an odd, musty odor that we can smell. The larger the infestation, the stronger the smell.
They can be found under appliances, cabinets under the sink, under trash cans, near food preparation areas or pretty much anywhere they can be close to food and water. Once they are disturbed, they typically scurry away and scare most people. And where there is one, there are many.
How can I prevent Cockroaches?
In some areas, it’s inevitable that they are present. It will help to keep areas of your cabinets, especially under the sink, dry and clean. Clean under appliances as well. Move them from time to time and clean thoroughly under your appliances, use cleaning solutions. Seal any cracks that you can see with caulking. Remember that food, water and shelter is what they seek.
How to Get Rid of those Cockroaches?
Your best bet is to Call Us! There are many lines of defense, but once you have them, it is very challenging to get rid of Cockroaches without enlisting a professional. It all starts with a phone call. We will come out to your property, assess the situation and go over a plan of action with you.