Roaches in and around your home can cause big problems. Like many other pests, they can carry diseases that impact humans, including gastrointestinal problems, dysentery and typhoid. In addition, many people are allergic to cockroach droppings.
German Cockroaches are about 1/2 inch long and tan brown. Their unique characteristic is the 2 stripes on the upper portion of their body. Usually found in warm area near a water source. They invade many homes and businesses by way of groceries (bags), boxes, and used appliances/furniture. Prefer dark and damp protected sites like cracks and voids.
Treatment begins with the pest expert identifying all potential home sites and then treating the active ones focusing in closely on cracks and voids.
The American Cockroach is the largest of the 4 species shown here. They are up to 2 inches long and are red-brown in color. Their unique characteristic is that they have a yellow “figure-8″ on the upper portion of their body. Prefers warm, very damp areas such as sewers, crawlspaces, basements, & attics. When found outdoors, they are usually found in tree holes or wood piles (anything with heavy ground cover). In the South, American Cockroaches are usually found outdoors. Treatment is performed at the site in which they are inhabiting. American Cockroaches usually eat any insect bait that they encounter; they are not as picky of an eater as the German Cockroach when it comes to eating. Once treatment is complete there are several things a homeowner can do to control their cockroach population and here are a few examples: 1) Seal exterior cracks & holes 2) Remove pet food during night 3) Improve crawlspace & attic ventilation.
The Smokybrown Cockroach is up to 1 1/2 inches long and is a uniform mahogany color. This species is very similar to the American Cockroach. This species of cockroach lives in tree holes, wood piles, etc. When these cockroaches come inside the home it will be through the attic and crawlspace. This species of cockroach is also able to fly.
The Oriental Cockroach is about 1 inch long. The male species has brown wings that extend partway down its abdomen. The female species is black with no wings, only small wing pads. The Oriental Cockroach prefers dark, damp areas. This species is very common in basements and crawlspaces. During the summer months, this species moves outdoors and lives near wet areas. Treatment is very similar to that of the American Cockroach in that a dust is usually used and/or a granular bait to treat exterior voids & cracks as well as any active home sites around the structure. There are a few things that a homeowner can do to help prevent future infestations:
- Seal exterior cracks & holes
- Improve crawlspace ventilation
- Minimize ground covers near structure
If you have cockroaches, contact Clegg’s today to learn how we can help eliminate the infestation.