Cockroach control can be tricky for homeowners because there are different types of roaches (and they are eliminated using different techniques).Cockroaches are among the most common of insects. Fossil evidence indicates that cockroaches have been on earth for over 300 million years. They are considered one of the most successful groups of animals. Because cockroaches are so adaptable, they have successfully adjusted to living with humans. If you need help identifying the type of roach Jones Pest Control Inc at 910-430-0169 and we can go over the best type of treatment options for you.
The German Roach is the most common of the smaller roaches and the most difficult to control for homeowners. German Roaches can be a health hazard because they carry bacteria that is transmitted to humans. The main diseases are gastroenteritis ( food poisoning, dysentery, and diarrhea) German cockroaches are worldwide roaches that normally live indoors. Adults are easily recognized by their light brown or tan color with two black horizontal stripes located on the pronotum (behind the head), and growing to a length of 13 -16 mm. The smaller young, or nymphs, are more dark, black in color.
Adult German cockroaches have wings, but rarely fly. German cockroaches are known for their ability to reproduce quick. After mating, females will produce, on average, 4 to 6 egg cases during the course of their lives, with each egg case containing nearly 30 to 40 eggs. This egg case is carried by the female until 1 to 2 days before hatching. the average time for development, from egg to adult can range from 54 to 215 days, with an average of approximately 100 days. As adults, German cockroaches can survive anywhere from 100 to 200 days.
The Brown Banded Cockroach is sometimes confused with the German Roach. but its habits are different.
- Most often brought in buildings in furniture. They are common in the southern states, but may be found in warmer parts of buildings in the northern states.
- Indoors only
They are light brown, about 112 inch long. They have two light, bands along their wings. Brown banded cockroaches like warm and dry locations. such as closets, near refrigerator motors, in cabinets, dressers, and furniture. They can also be found beneath tables, behind picture frames, and inside light switch plates, It is common to find them hiding nearer the ceiling than the floor and away from water sources. Accurate identification is a must in controlling brown banded cockroaches. There are three stages in the development of Brown banded cockroaches: egg, nymph, and adult. Eggs are laid in capsules, which the female carries for about 20- 30 hours before she paste it on walls, and in protected areas. During her life the female produces about 13 -14 egg capsules, each containing an average of 12-13 eggs. The length of the egg stage varies from 36 to 101 days. The nymph stage ranges from 8 to 31 weeks. Each female produces about 600 descendants per year.
American Cockroaches, also known as a "water bug" or "palmetto bug". The American cockroach is one of the largest roaches measuring about 1.5 inches long. They are reddish-brown in color,winged, but seldom fly. Males have longer wings than females. Young nymphs are gray-brown in color. They have well developed wings, Both male and female American cockroaches can fly.
American cockroaches mostly live outdoors. They prefer warm, damp areas. American cockroaches are very common in sewer systems. They will enter homes to find water or food. They can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is damaged or gone. Garages are also common entryways. When American cockroaches enter homes, they often go to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements
Smoky Brown Cockroach:
As large as I 112 inches in length. Their color is a Dark mahogany brown. This cockroach is a good flier and easily travels from trees onto houses. It is mostly attracted to homes to feed on trash and pet food. Once there by the house the roach can enter the structure.
The smoky brown cockroach usually invades the attic or crawl space. When the population grows large inside these areas, the cockroaches will regularly venture down into the home. The occasional cockroach may wander into a home from harborage outside, but chronic infestations are most always associated with attic or crawl space populations. Attics and crawl spaces that have bad ventilation are more likely to have these cockroaches living within them. In residential areas, they hangout in the trees and decaying tree holes. These Cockroaches thrives around home perimeters in mulched areas, gardens, piles of leaves and litter in gutters. You will also find them in other moist areas including around roof eves and under roof shingles.