Cockroaches Of DHS: More Than A Lark For Residents Of Damascus, MD
If you’re a resident of Damascus, MD that’s on Instagram or watches the news, you’ve probably heard about the “cockroaches of DHS.” In case you’re scratching your head, let me educate you – it’s an Instagram handle that showcases candid shots of cockroaches, found dead or alive, at DHS (Damascus High School). It’s an anonymous account that’s very entertaining because of the captions.
Here are some examples:
“This is Kyle, found at the foot of them chem stairs. Kyle was very photogenic, even in death.”
“Ryan was savagely eaten alive by ants. Scene of the crime? Just outside of the library courtyard.”
“This ravishing little roach was found near the world history hallway, and named Blue. Don’t ask me why.”
“Keep a look out for Georgina near the English Hallway stairwell, because she is alive and well: ‘Still thriving, but will one day lose the battle.'”
“This is Phil, who was brutally murdered by a janitor. Hope everyone is having a nice break!”
“Happy Halloween everyone! What’s scarier than a cockroach problem? Ferdinand was spotted in the Foreign Language hallway, keep an eye out for this guy.” Read more at WJLA…
There’s no denying someone found a way to make light of a disgusting situation. But the truth is, while sightings once a week or every few months isn’t terrible, constant sightings could be pointing to a potential infestation.
There are 4,000 species of roaches with the most common pests being the German cockroach and American cockroach. Their names sound harmless, but don’t be fooled.
Since cockroaches can taint your food and countertops with illness-causing E. coli and salmonella, don’t take an infestation lightly. If you’re struggling to eradicate roaches or identify where they’re coming from, you may need to bring in pest control professionals. They can pinpoint what kind you have and the source of the issue. Read more at Good Housekeeping…
So though Montgomery County Public Schools have reported that the roach situation is under control and is mainly due to the school building being old, if the problem continues, the solution may be in professional eradication by the team at Backyard Bug Patrol.
Old buildings, food sources, cracks and holes, damp places and dark corners are prime real estate for roaches. So how can you get rid of them and prevent illnesses? The main thing everyone mentions and is true is to be almost fanatically clean. Wipe down countertops, never leave dirty dishes in the sink, repair any water leaks and cover food containers tightly. It’s also important to seal!
Seal up cracks and holes. That means inside your pantry, between the countertop and the wall, and in the baseboards. Roaches (and other insects) can crawl through even the smallest of spaces, so it’s important to seal the entries into your home. This may take time, but in the end, it’s worth the effort, especially if you live in an apartment and have neighbors who don’t maintain the same standards of cleanliness as you do. You can use a tube of caulk and a caulking gun to do the job. Read more at MNN…
Sealing and caulking is the solution to most pest problems, and it’s no surprise the same goes for roaches. Caulk and caulking guns can be found in most local hardware stores.
These tips can keep roaches out of your home, school or business. But if you need prompt and proper pest or cockroach control, Backyard Bug Patrol is here to help!