The Secret To Effective American Cockroach Control In Baltimore

American cockroaches live all over the world and do not originate from America, but they are definitely common in the United States. Next to German cockroaches, the American cockroach is the most common pest in Baltimore. These insects, which are also called water bugs or palmetto bugs, can adapt quite easily to living inside. The secret to effective control of American cockroaches is to understand why they may want to live in your home with you.

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Moisture and Humidity

There is a reason some call these cockroaches water bugs. They prefer to be near water sources and damp ground. When they get into your home, they're not going to be particularly happy if it is dry. One way to naturally resist American cockroaches is to address moisture and humidity inside and outside of your home.


  • When you take a bath or shower, be sure to use the fan if you have one. This vents the moisture out and reduces the humidity in this space.

  • After a bath or shower, you may consider wiping them down, and putting the towel in your laundry room to be dried. This can cut down on moisture.

  • If you take a bath or shower early in the day, you'll give moisture droplets time to dry before nightfall, when cockroaches become active.

  • Moisture droplets can be constant if you have a leaky faucet or showerhead. It is best to get these fixed as quickly as possible.


  • Inspect your gutters and remove any blockages. When water is not allowed to flow through your gutters and away from your home, it can spill over and soak your perimeter. This makes the area near your foundation more interesting to cockroaches.

  • Dense vegetation is a cockroach paradise. The vegetation in your landscaping blocks the hot sun, and is often damp from watering. If you trim bushes and shrubs, remove weeds, and only give your plants the water they need, you can reduce dampness in this key area.


American cockroaches are attracted to decaying organic matter, and the scent of decay. When they crawl around in dirty places or on dirty things, they can pick up harmful bacteria and carry them to sensitive areas. Good sanitation will help you resist cockroach-related sickness, but also work to make your home less habitable for American cockroaches.

  • Keep your trash receptacles as clean as possible.

  • Clean your floors and vacuum your rugs routinely.

  • Clean surfaces in your kitchen.

  • Deep clean around your oven.

  • Wipe down shelves in your pantry and kitchen.

  • Clean your drains to remove organic buildup.

  • Clean your bathroom.

  • Clean your couch and other furniture.

Food Sources

American cockroaches can feed on hidden food sources that are addressed by sanitation, but they'll also feed on the food you eat. They'll eat leftovers on dirty dishes placed by the sink, food out of your pet's dish, fruit set out on display, and many other things. Here's how you can hide the food.

  • Put stored food products in sealed containers.

  • Put dirty dishes in a sink full of soapy dishes.

  • If you use a dishwasher to clean your dishes, be aware that cockroaches can get in there. Do your dishes as soon as possible and refrain from leaving dirty dishes in there overnight.

  • Store fruit in your fridge.

  • Store potatoes in a sealed bin.

Yard Work

There are many ways your yard work can help your home stay resistant to cockroach activity. If you have fewer roaches near your home, you'll have lower cockroach pressures inside your home.

  • Remove leaf litter and leaf piles.

  • Remove grass clippings.

  • Move firewood, and other stacked wood, away from your exterior.

  • Remove lawn clutter. Cockroaches hide underneath objects in your yard.

  • Remove stone piles.

Close Off Access Routes

When cockroaches explore your exterior, it is best if you give them few gaps and holes to explore because they will explore them. Cockroaches are attracted to tight spaces. Here are some common entry points American cockroaches use to get into your home.

  • They go under doors that have damaged or missing door sweeps.

  • They squeeze past doors that have old and worn out weatherstripping.

  • They slip through cracks in foundation walls and gaps around foundation penetrations.

  • They enter through holes created by carpenter ants, carpenter bees, rodents, and other wood-damaging pests.


If it is necessary to apply pest control products to get control of cockroaches, it is best to have a licensed pest management company handle this complex task. American cockroaches aren't easy to control. If you live in Baltimore, contact Pest Czar for effective cockroach control. Our team is experienced and highly-trained in cockroach remediation. Reach out to us today to schedule service for your Baltimore home or business.

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