Roaches are always unwelcomed guests and you should never allow them in your home or business. Since 2014, Barefoot Pest Control has exterminated and excluded roaches from properties throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. As one of the top pest control companies in Maryland, our team is experienced with the specialized techniques required to deal with any of the native and imported roach species that infest the area, including the American Cockroach, Brown-Banded Cockroach, German Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach, and the Smokybrown Cockroach.

Pest Library: Roaches

Dietary Needs

Roaches are scavengers, capable of feeding on nearly any left food, from spilled crumbs to the remnants on dirty dishes. Young roaches (called “nymphs”) can even live off the droppings of adult roaches.


Depending on the species of roach, points of entry can vary considerably. Some roaches in this region live outdoors part of the year, but seek a home’s warmth when the seasons change. Other roaches, especially the German cockroach, will live entirely within structures, migrating through the walls of multi-family housing. Some bold roaches go so far as to hitchhike from one house to another in boxes or bags to start a new infestation abroad.


Roaches are not social insects like ants and wasps, but often large numbers of roaches will live in close proximity to each other. This is because roaches tend to live and reproduce near ready sources of food.


Roach infestations can reach massive numbers given time and ideal conditions. A single kitchen’s German roach population can explode into the thousands if not taken care of quickly. Fortunately, other species invade the home opportunistically. They appear one roach at a time, and will not reproduce inside.

Roach Dangers

Roaches can cause a variety of problems in and around the home. Roaches will contaminate stored foods and their droppings will spread disease. Because roaches walk across all manner of filth before invading your kitchen, they track dirt and bacteria all over your clean plates, forks, knives, and drinking glasses on their way to food supplies.

Some species of roaches have a tendency to live in and around sewage before entering the home, carrying this in when they invade your home. Roaches are also a leading cause of asthma in America’s youth. Dead insect parts and shed exoskeletons become airborne as they break down, irritating breathing passages.

Roach Control

Because roaches hide so well, a roach control expert must be able to think outside the box. Taking out even a large percentage of a roach population is insufficient, as the roaches will quickly reproduce back to the previous level within generations. Hunting down every roach and effectively eliminating them is a tough job, but our professionals deliver guaranteed results. Finally, our ongoing protection will prevent the roaches from returning.

Call (855) 754-6760 or contact us today for pest control on your schedule, including 24/7 emergency rest removal services. We are your one stop home care company! From our base in Waldorf, Barefoot Pest Control provides complete protection against home and yard invading pests, termites, and wildlife throughout the community. Whether you are seeking pest control in La Plata, MD, or are seeking assistance in Mechanicsville, you can rest assured our team will assist you!