Cockroach Control

Cockroaches are among the most troublesome pests found in households and commercial establishments. Not only is their mere presence a nuisance, they are also capable of carrying a wide variety of common disease pathogens as well as causing allergic reactions in many people. They are also among the most difficult pests to eliminate once they infest and home or building, because they multiply and adapt quickly.

Cockroaches need three things to survive and thrive: food, water, and shelter. Take that away through the use of IPM and roach extermination equipment and you’ve taken a big step toward preventing them from infesting your home or business. When it comes to the My Pest Pros roach extermination process, detection and removal of these needs comes first. Some additional facts about cockroaches include:

 


American Cockroaches


Description
The American cockroach is the largest of the house-infesting cockroaches. They are reddish brown and up to two inches in length with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head.

Habits
They are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but can survive lower temperatures with the right conditions.

Habitat
American cockroaches are often found in sewers and basements, particularly around pipes and drains. They are most commonly found in food processing and storage areas

Threats
Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs as they crawl through decaying matter and then carry it with them. Germs that cockroaches eat from decaying matter or sewage are protected while in their bodies and may remain infective for several weeks longer than if they had been exposed to cleaning agents, rinse water, or just sunlight and air.

Prevention
Good sanitation and habitat reduction, along with vacuuming, surveillance, a baiting program, and some sealing of cracks can usually quickly reduce or eliminate a cockroach population.

 

Brown-Banded Cockroaches


Description
Brown banded cockroaches get their name from the two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. In addition to this distinctive banding, males have full wings, which reach beyond the tip of their pointed abdomens. Females have underdeveloped wings, much shorter than their broad, rounded abdomens. The lighter band markings are much more distinct in nymphs than in adults of either sex.

Habits
Male brownbanded cockroaches have been observed to fly indoors. Brownbanded cockroaches often hide their egg cases in or under furniture.

Habitat
Within a room, these roaches tend to prefer warmer, drier, and higher locations than any of the other urban pest roaches. They are often found in upper cabinets or in rooms other than kitchens (food preparation areas) or bathrooms.

Prevention
Good sanitation and habitat reduction, along with vacuuming, surveillance, a baiting program, and some sealing of cracks can usually quickly reduce or eliminate a cockroach population.


German Cockroaches


Description
The German cockroach is by far the most troublesome and commonly found pest cockroach. Their coloring varies between tan and light brown, with two dark, almost parallel stripes located on their backs, just behind their heads.

Habits
German cockroaches can be found throughout structures but show a preference for warm and humid places. They are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms, but infestations often occur in rooms where people eat and drink.

Habitat
German cockroaches prefer to live in cracks and crevices near food sources and spend 75% of their time in such harborages. German cockroaches prefer to live close to sources of food and water, hence their affinity for residential and commercial kitchen environments.

Prevention
Good sanitation and habitat reduction, along with vacuuming, surveillance, and baiting program, and some sealing of cracks can usually reduce or eliminate a cockroach problem. The reduction of moisture sources, such as leaking pipes, is also helpful.


Oriental Cockroaches


Description
Oriental Cockroaches, Blatta orientalis (L.), are large very dark (almost black, sometimes dark reddish-brown), shiny cockroaches which live in sewers and similar wet, decaying organic matter. They are sometimes called “water bugs” because they come out of drains, and “black beetle cockroaches” because of their smooth, dark bodies. Males are about 1 inch long, with wings that cover about 3/4 of their abdomen; females are about 1 1/4 inch long, and have short, stubbed wing pads.

Habits
This species of cockroach often travels through sewer pipes. It survives on filth and prefers temperatures from 68 to 84 degrees, which is cooler than the preferences of most other cockroach species.

Habitat
Oriental cockroaches are often found in sewers and will enter structures through drains. They find indoor harborage in basements and crawl spaces. They can also be found in leaf piles and firewood outdoors.

Prevention
Good sanitation and habitat reduction, along with vacuuming, surveillance, a baiting program, and some sealing of cracks can usually quickly reduce or eliminate a cockroach population.

So… how do I get rid of them?


Roaches are among the toughest pests to control for, so this is why we recommend calling in a professional like My Pest Pros as soon as you think you have an infestation. Our trained technicians can diagnose the severity of any potential problem and create a customized treatment plan that will not only get rid of current pests, but help prevent future ones as well! We have the necessary roach extermination equipment and knowledge to take care of any size infestation.

For more information on keeping cockroaches out of your home, check out our roach prevention guide.