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How to Get Rid of Roaches in San Diego County


Cockroaches are one of the most annoying pests to encounter in your San Diego County home. Not only are roaches unsightly, but they also bring with them a serious risk of spreading disease. Utilizing cockroach prevention tips and an ongoing relationship with the professionals at HomeShield Pest Control can eliminate your cockroach problems.

The Problem With Cockroaches

There are several common area cockroaches that you may encounter in your San Diego County home. It is important to understand each type and the potential dangers they may bring with them.

  • American Cockroach: The largest cockroach species in the area, American cockroaches are reddish and can fly. 
  • Brown-banded Cockroach: Dark brown in coloration, brown-banded cockroaches can survive in arid areas and are likely to be found all over your home.
  • German Cockroach: The most difficult cockroach species to eliminate, German cockroaches are smaller and range from tan to darker brown.
  • Oriental Cockroach: The second-largest cockroach species, Oriental cockroaches are dark black and prefer to spend their time outdoors near moisture sources.

Any one of these cockroach varieties can be a problem for your home. One of the most challenging pests to fully eliminate, cockroaches can survive in virtually any area, including places where temperatures drop below freezing. They have a high reproductive capability, can live without food for up to a month, and live up to a week without a head. This makes them incredibly hard to kill or contain once an infestation has started.

And while most people know that cockroaches are a gross pest to encounter, many individuals don’t know exactly how gross or dangerous they actually are. Cockroaches tend to hang out in areas such as trash cans, dumpsters, and sewage pipes. There, they pick up pathogens that they will eventually bring into your home. This is what spreads disease and makes them such a risk to encounter.

Cockroach Prevention Tips

There are several prevention tips that you can follow to deter cockroaches from entering your home:

  • Check around your home’s foundation, doors, and windows from any gaps or cracks. It is important to seal these potential entry points up so cockroaches won’t be able to enter your home in the first place.
  • Proper food and trash storage are essential in deterring cockroaches. You should also ensure that leftover food is tightly sealed and stored properly, food and liquid spills are cleaned promptly, and dirty dishes are never left out as these are major roach attractors.
  • Declutter your home often, focusing on areas such as kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and attics. You should also throw out stashes of cardboard or paper bags, as these attract cockroaches.
  • Keep your yard clear of debris and the grass trimmed low. This will remove any potential hiding places that cockroaches may use around your property.
  • Cockroaches are attracted to moisture, so you should work to identify and seal up any leaks inside or outside of your home. This will prevent the roaches from gathering near the water and then infesting your home.

Professional Cockroach Removal

Most cockroaches are resistant to do-it-yourself (DIY) pesticides and will often live in the hardest-to-reach areas around your home – this makes it difficult to eliminate a cockroach infestation by yourself fully. Contact the experts at HomeShield Pest Control for assistance with total cockroach elimination. Call us today to request a free quote.