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Cockroaches could be the worst pest in our city. Once they’re in your home, you have a serious problem on your hands. Therefore, you should begin working to resolve the problem immediately. Otherwise, the cockroaches are going to reproduce, and the infestation will severely worsen. Around the world, there are more than 4,000 cockroach species. However, roughly 30 are going to enter residential structures. Before the resident can do anything about it, they have to find out which species they’re dealing with. Once you’ve verified the species, they’ll know more about the problem they’re dealing with. Below, you’ll learn more about the common species in your area.
Use this information to find out which you’re dealing with.
Identifying The Species
Our clients regularly encounter German cockroaches since they’re one of the most common cockroaches in our area. German cockroaches are light brown with a pair of racing stripes behind the pest’s head. Unfortunately, most cockroaches are prolific breeders so they’re going to reproduce rapidly. They frequently produce egg cases containing 40 eggs. When German cockroaches enter a home, they’re going to hide under the warm appliances. While they will develop wings, they don’t fly.
American cockroaches are two inches and can be found in our area. They are reddish-brown. They also have a dark mark on the back of their head with a lighter color around the darker color. The American cockroach is the largest cockroach commonly found in our area. These pests take about two years or so to mature. Once they’ve matured, they’re going to live a bit longer. In general, it takes them a long time to infest structures. Besides hiding in old buildings downtown, they’ll also infest steam tunnels and sewer systems. They approach properties where they can find dried plumbing traps and broken sewer pipes.
Besides these pests, you’re likely going to find more. Other possible cockroaches you’ll encounter in our area are Oriental cockroaches, smokey brown cockroaches, Surinam cockroaches, and Mediterranean Spotted cockroaches.
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches
Despite belonging to the same species, female Pennsylvania wood cockroaches look much different than their male counterparts. Male cockroaches reach an inch in length at the maximum. They develop full wings. Female Pennsylvania wood cockroaches are only three-quarters of an inch, and their wings are shorter. These cockroaches come from the Eastern United States, but they can be found in other areas as well. A Pennsylvania wood cockroach infestation means you have overflowing gutters or woodpiles on your property.
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches
At a third of an inch, the Spotted Mediterranean cockroach is one of the smallest cockroaches in our area. The cockroach is native to Europe although it has been in the United States for hundreds of years. Since its arrival, the pest has quickly reproduced and spread across the country. Today, they can be found in most states. If they’re on your property, you’re going to find them outside in your foliage. They may enter your home, but they’re not going to reproduce inside.
Oriental cockroaches grow an inch in length and they’re black or dark brown. Males develop wings that cover most of their bodies, but females never develop wings. American cockroaches are like Oriental cockroaches because both are going to infest sewer systems. However, there is one difference. The Oriental cockroach can tolerate colder weather, so they’re often found outside in feces and garbage.
Smokey Brown Cockroaches
The smokey brown cockroach is over an inch in length. They’re reddish-brown with a deep hue. While the cockroach is native to the southern states, they sometimes travel north. When doing so, they’ll likely travel in a shipping box. They are like American cockroaches and oriental cockroaches. However, the smokey brown cockroach is one color with full wings.
The Surinam cockroach is only three-quarters of an inch, but it is unique. One thing that sets it apart is the fact that it is always female. The species will not have male members. Instead, the female cockroaches are going to hold the eggs and give live birth once they’ve hatched. You may encounter these cockroaches, but they shouldn’t create issues for you.
Brown-banded cockroaches are regularly found in our area. They’re half an inch at the maximum and can be tan or light brown. These cockroaches are commonly confused with German cockroaches since they have so many similarities. You can quickly identify the species by looking for racing stripes. German cockroaches have them. Brown-banded cockroaches do not.
Cockroach Infestation Reasons
In most cases, cockroaches want to enter your home so they can eat your food. However, there are other reasons too. For instance, these cockroaches may be interested in accessing the sewer system. Having a broken sewer pipe means they’re likely going to approach your property and use your broken sewer pipe to sneak inside. They’re prolific breeders so a small infestation can quickly spiral out of control. Deal with it rapidly to prevent this from happening.
Dangers Linked To Cockroaches
Cockroaches expose people to numerous dangers. Therefore, it would be incredibly unwise to ignore an infestation of cockroaches. Once the cockroaches have invaded your property, there is a risk that they’re going to contaminate your food sources. If they do this, someone could get ill. Cockroaches can spread many illnesses such as salmonella. They’re regularly blamed for causing food poisoning. An infestation will also cause people in the house to experience asthma symptoms. If you have asthma, the pests are going to make the problem much worse.
Ways To Tackle The Problem
Don’t stop until you’ve removed the cockroaches from your home. One of the best ways to do that is by calling our office and taking advantage of our services. We offer the highest quality services on the market and can rectify the problem quickly. Alternatively, you can try using DIY methods. While there are many, some work and some don’t. Therefore, it is pertinent to team up with a qualified professional. We’re here to help and we’re not going to stop until the problem is fully resolved. DIY treatments can help but they’re likely not reliable enough to deal with the infestation.
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Safer Cockroach Treatments
We aim to provide our clients with the safest cockroach treatments. When you pick us as your primary exterminator, you can guarantee that we’re going to protect you. First and foremost, we’re going to resolve the problem using the latest non-toxic methods. Plus, all the products we use are EPA-approved and registered. Therefore, you can rest easy knowing these products work well. Call our office to learn more about our safe cockroach treatments.
Preventing Invasions Of Cockroaches
Keep your home clean and tidy to prevent rodents from coming inside. You’ll also want to ensure that your outer walls are thoroughly sealed. Seal any small gaps you find to prevent these pests from finding a way to sneak inside. Call our office today. When you do, we’ll happily give you advice for keeping them out.