What to Do When You See Cockroaches: Tips for Freaked-Out Lehigh Valley Homeowners

What should you do if you see cockroaches in the house?

You might be inclined to say scream...jump on a chair...or maybe just start stomping. We know that the sight of roaches is incredibly unnerving—maybe even panic-inducing—but we promise you that there are solutions.

If you’ve found cockroaches, then you know you need to take swift action so that the problem doesn’t become worse. We’ll talk about how to do that so that you can regain peace of mind that your home is protected from pests.

I’ve Found Cockroaches...Now What?

Because cockroaches are nocturnal, you’re most likely to see a roach at night or possibly in the early morning hours. If you spot a cockroach during the day, there’s a good chance you have a more serious problem (many more of them lurking).

german cockroach in lehigh valley home

As much as you don’t like the sight of a cockroach in your house, it also doesn’t like the sight of you. As soon as you turn on a light, you might see a roach scurrying and trying to return to its hiding place. Cockroaches typically try their best to remain hidden but will venture out in search of food.

The cockroach’s quest to find food brings up an important point and before we go any further, we want to be clear that cockroaches are a relatively common pest problem in even the cleanest of homes. They make their way into peoples’ homes in search of food and shelter—and really what home doesn’t have those things?

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We want to dispel the notion that having a cockroach problem means that a home is dirty because they can truly seek out the tiniest of crumbs. And sometimes, they make their way into your home in other ways. Cockroaches have been known to hang out in cardboard boxes and may enter your home on or in a package. We’ve also seen roaches enter through drains. Because of how ridiculously fast they can breed and multiply, just two cockroaches can become many.

That being said, you want to do everything that you can to get rid of roaches.

That’s why another thing that you should do if you have found cockroaches, is to get on the phone with a pest control expert. We’ll explain how a pest control professional will be able to help you get rid of cockroaches.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

A pest control professional should come up with a customized solution to address the specific roach problem that you’re dealing with. The species type and the magnitude of your infestation will be taken into account to determine whether your custom solution should include baits, treatments, or more.

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When Joshua Tree Pest Control gets a call about a cockroach infestation, we would start them on a custom treatment plan that is specifically targeting the roaches. Because of how fast they multiply, a one-time treatment is not going to be enough to fully get rid of roaches. We’d likely come back periodically until that problem is completely taken care of.

Then, we’d recommend Quarterly Pest Control so that going forward, you’re covered. You don’t want to have to worry about a problem like this again.

technician pest control inspection for cockroaches in house

That’s not to say that a cockroach may never make its way into your home again. Because of the way they’re introduced (often through boxes or drains), they can still bypass some of the preventative treatments that we perform. Still, if you were to find a roach, it would be taken care of right away and covered by the program. We are swift in ensuring that roaches are addressed before becoming a major problem.

Preventing Cockroaches in the Future

There are also a few cultural recommendations that we make to help prevent future cockroach problems. For one, you should make an effort to get rid of sources of moisture as roaches like moist environments. Fix leaky faucets and make sure that pipes are all properly sealed.

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Since roaches often make their way into peoples’ homes for food, you should always wipe down your counters, put any open food items into containers, and take the garbage outside regularly. But we know that crumbs can still linger. And honestly, as we’ve said, even the cleanest of homes sometimes still see a cockroach make their way inside from time to time.

You can have the cleanest home in the world and a roach might hitch a ride inside through a package you ordered.


That’s why professional pest control is absolutely imperative. At the end of the day, you want to keep your home pristine, comfortable, and safe—and you want to have peace of mind that you don’t have to worry about problems like this again.

With a safe and effective pest control service, you can gain all of those benefits. It means not only getting rid of cockroaches but other pests, too. Instead of worrying about these invaders making their way into your home, you can relax knowing that you’re in good hands.

If you’re interested in learning more about pest control services at your Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton, PA home, contact us for a free pest control quote or give us a call at 610-365-4858 so that we can answer your questions.

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