American Cockroaches Infestation in Kitchen Area of NW DC Home

A customer in Northwest Washington DC reported seeing big roaches in her kitchen — a clear food hygiene concern.

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American Cockroaches Inspection

We identified the infiltrators as American Cockroaches. Closer inspection revealed a hole near the outlet leading to the plumbing area. This would surely provide a freeway through which these pests might invade the house.

Also, at the foot of the dry wall, water rotting was detected — a condition attractive to roaches. The customer themselves set traps but failed to address the underlying issue of water ingress which was the real source of the problem.

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American Cockroaches Extermination

  • We placed granular bait in the crawl space. This is a stomach poison which can be passed around a whole colony.
  • We cleaned up the infested area and sprayed the baseboards of the floor to create a chemical barrier.
  • We sealed all entry points and the cracks between the floor and drywall.
  • We recommended that the customer hire a contractor to fix the root cause of the infestation — the water leak.

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Rats and American Cockroaches Treatment and Exclusion Job in Northeast Washington DC

Rats and cockroaches are the last visitors you want in your home. They eat your food. They spread disease. They multiply rapidly. And they thrive anywhere in your home. Once they start feeling at home, they are extremely difficult to get rid of.

On June 9, 2015, after some DIY efforts, Jeremiah from Northeast Washington DC called us about his finding of rats and cockroaches in the kitchen of his home.

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BioTech Free Inspection

Clifford in kitchen crawl space

We showed up for the free BioTech inspection. During the process, we noticed that the entry point for the rats and cockroaches is the crawl space under the kitchen stove. The crawl space was extremely small and hard to access. It was damp because of a pipe leak. And the moisture was trapped down there due to lack of ventilation. That made it an ideal environment for the rats and American cockroaches to thrive.

We also found cracks in foundations on the side of the wall leading to the neighbor’s house, through which rats were getting in.

We informed Jeremiah of our findings, including problems that the customer might have not noticed.

Note: We always make recommendations to help prevent future infestations.

Eradication and Exclusion Process

Clifford removing dead rats

We set up granular bait in the crawl space to kill the cockroaches, and soft baits for rats. Note: We use eco-friendly products that are pest specific. And we use tamper-proof stations so children and pets are safe during the process.

We came back in five days and removed six dead rats. Cockroaches were exterminated as well. We recommended the customer to fix the damp problem caused by the leaking pipes and allow venting to alleviate the problem. Another job well done!

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