How Did I Get Cockroaches?
Cockroaches are scavenger pests that have evolved to live off the scraps of humans. These pests prefer starchy food substances, cereals, sugar products, cheese, grease, and meat. They have also been known to consume cardboard, glue, leather, and hair. Roaches form colonies in areas unseen around kitchens and bathrooms. Most cockroaches are known for squeezing in tight spaces to breed.
Cockroaches can enter a home or business in a few different ways. Some are able to access a kitchen or bathroom through the pipes, others come inside when doors and windows are left open, some can move through shared walls in multi-unit structures, and others are brought into the home via boxes or furniture. No matter how a cockroach gains entrance to your home, the infestation must be stopped immediately. When you see one cockroach, there are probably many more in areas you can’t see. Cockroaches are a health concern because they breed and live in and around food-prepping areas. Cockroach droppings can cause asthma and as well as spread disease, which is why it is very important to treat an infestation as soon as you see the first roach.
Cockroach Control / Treatments
When treating cockroach infestations, we will begin the process by sending a professional, state-licensed technician to inspect your property and determine what type of infestation you’re experiencing. Once our technician has found the source of the infestation, they will customize a plan to rid your home, restaurant, or office of roaches. We are not a one-spray-fits-all company. The right treatment plan is dependent on the time of year and the foliage on the premises.
Indoor cockroach infestations are best treated with a combination of gel baits which is a non-repellent pesticide. Gel baits work by placing the gel in cracks and crevices around the infested areas. Cockroaches are known for squeezing into these tight spaces and they will consume the gel. The gel is later regurgitated for the nest, which then exposes the colony to the pesticide in the gel bait. This is a preferred method of treatment because traditional sprays cannot always reach the colonies in infested areas. If needed, the attic will be treated with boric acid to prevent cockroach movement from room to room.
Treatment For Severe Cockroach Infestations
Depending on the type of cockroach infestation, the whole yard may be treated alongside windows, doors, eaves and soffits on a quarterly basis. More extreme infestations of German cockroaches may require a complete kitchen spray treatment with inspections and re-treatments 15 and 30 days after the initial treatment to check pest progress. If the home is overly cluttered, fumigation may be the best treatment option to eliminate all german cockroach harborages.
Types of Cockroaches Found in Our Area
American roaches are the largest of house infesting roaches at 2.5 inches in length. They are often called water bugs, palmetto bugs, and a few unmentionable expletives. American roaches have fully developed reddish-brown wings with light markings on their pronotum, which some say look like eyes. The male’s wings extend 1/3 of an inch past their abdomen. females’ wings are just about even with their abdomen. It is more than likely that Christopher Columbus introduced this species to the new world in his travels from Europe. They are frequent fliers, but not very good directional fliers. Females live about 2 years and males about 1 year.
Asian roaches are very similar to German roaches in size and color. They are very good fliers and live primarily outside in tall grass and heavy leaf litter. Unlike German cockroaches, Asian roaches are attracted to light and forage during the day time. One feature difference between German and Asian roaches is that Asian cockroaches’ wings extend about 1/8 of an inch past their abdomens. Asian Roaches rarely infest homes, unless there are huge populations on the exterior.
Australian roaches are smaller than American roaches but are often confused with them. They can be easily distinguished by a sliver of a gold marking on the edge of their wings. They can be about 1.5 to 2 inches in length and can be found on the exterior in leaf litter. Australian cockroaches will, however, still invade structures for more comfortable living conditions. They can readily fly but are not good directional fliers. They live for about 6-8 months.
There are 51 different species around the world, only 3 are found in the US. The German roach is 5/8 of an inch long and brown in color, with 2 dark longitudinal lines on the pronotum. The male has a more slender abdomen. They can live about 200 days. The female can produce 7 egg capsules off 1 breeding, and each one can contain up to 48 larvae per capsule. This roach is well-traveled and lives inside structures, only being brought in through appliances, boxes, furniture, and even on a person’s clothing. They prefer dark tight spaces and have aversion to light. They are usually nocturnal but can be seen during the day in places that have high populations. They have wings but do not fly.
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