Cockroaches

German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are the most common type of cockroach. They are light brown to tan in color with two dark parallel stripes, just behind the head and stretching down their back. They are between 1/2 and 5/8 inches long. They like nesting in warm, dark, damp places, normally near a food and water sources, such as a kitchens, bathrooms or any place where you may eat or drink. Common hiding places are inside cracks and crevices and behind refrigerators and stoves. They can fit through an opening as small as 3/8 inches. German cockroaches are nocturnal, non-sociable, and although they are attracted to sweet and floury foods they will eat just about anything from toothpaste, to glue and soap.

 

Being great hitchhikers they can get into your home by way of grocery bags, cardboard boxes, used appliances and furniture. German cockroaches live about three to nine months, and a female can lay eggs sacs four to eight times during her lifetime, each sac containing 30 to 48 eggs. One female cockroach with the help of its offspring can cause an infestation of 300,000 cockroaches in one year. Using over the counter sprays and bombs may or may not work, generally because the odor of the products acts more like a repellant, causing the cockroaches that do not come in direct contact with the product, to go deep into hiding until the smell is gone (approximately 3 – 4 days). They return once the smell goes away.

 

 

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are shiny, dark brown to black, and have a body length of one inch to one 1/4 inches. It is larger than most other cockroaches. They are sometimes called a water-bug because of their preference for dark, moist environment.

They do not require as much water or moist food sources as other cockroaches, so they tend to feed on items such as glues, pastes and starches. They also have  been known to chew on unwashed clothing for the skin cells and oils. Because they do not need as much moisture, they will be found in drier areas such as pantries, closets, furniture, pictures and possibly electronics. Using over the counter sprays and bombs may or may not work, generally because the odor of the products acts more like a repellant, causing the cockroaches do not come in direct contact with the product, to go deep into hiding until the smell is gone (approximately 3 – 4 days). They return once the smell goes away.

 

Brown-Banded cockroach

The Brown-banded cockroach gets its name primarily because from the two horizontal bands that run across its body, one at the middle of the body, and the other at the wing base. They are 1/2 inch in length and are light brown in color with lighter colored bands. The difference between the male and female is that the female is shorter and stouter with wings that partially cover her body. They do not require as much water or moist food sources as other cockroaches so they tend to feed on items such as glues, pastes and starches. They also have  been known to chew on unwashed clothing for the skin cells and oils. Because they do not need as much moisture, they will be found in drier areas such as pantries, closets, furniture, pictures and possibly electronics.

 

Using over the counter sprays and bombs may or may not work, generally because the odor of the products acts more like a repellant, causing the cockroaches that do not come in direct contact with the product to go deep into hiding until the smell is gone (approximately 3 – 4 days). They return once the smell goes away.

 

 

American cockroach

American cockroach also referred to as the Palmetto Bug, and by some Floridians as the “State Bird”. They love the hot and humid weather of Florida. They got the name Palmetto bugs because they were originally identified nesting in Palmetto trees. American cockroach are reddish brown in color, with a yellow band behind their heads, and are known to be one of the largest cockroaches reaching up to two inches in length.  Their wings develop when they reach adulthood, the male with longer wings than the female, which enable both to fly. You will rarely see them flying; more often than not, they will be seen walking or running along floors, walls and ceilings.

 

American cockroaches normally live and nest outdoors in damp flowerbeds, under mulch, in bushes and trees. They eat leaves, wood particles, algae, fungi and even small insects. This will not stop them from coming into your home to find water, food or shelter from bad weather. Once inside, they eat food scraps, crumbs and pet food. To help keep them outside, seal exterior cracks and crevices, make sure the weather stripping on doors and window screens are in good repair. Using over the counter sprays and bombs may or may not work, generally because the odor of the product acts more like a repellant, causing the cockroaches that do not come in direct contact with the product to go deep into hiding until the smell is gone (approximately 3 – 4 days). They return once the smell goes away.

 

If you have issues with American cockroaches, contact a professional. We are highly trained, and equipped to handle your situation.