There are about 4,000 species of cockroach, of which 30 species are associated with human habitations and about four species are well known as pests. The most common cockroaches in Michigan and Ohio are:
The German cockroach - Blattella germanica - adults are ½” to 5/8” of an inch long, are light brown to tan in color and have a pair of dark lengthwise stripes on the outer body. The young cockroach closely resembles the adult, but is smaller and wingless. A pregnant female produces an average of 35 young per egg case and forms an average of five egg cases in her lifetime.
The American cockroach - Periplaneta americana – Commonly found in sewers and basements in highly urbanized areas. Adults are reddish-brown in color with light markings behind the head. It is the largest of the common roaches, Adults are 1½” – 2” long. As in all cockroaches, the young roaches resemble the adult. A pregnant female American cockroach deposits her egg cases shortly after they are formed. Each egg capsule contains about 16 eggs. Juvenile cockroaches emerge from egg cases in 6 to 8 weeks may require 2 years to fully mature.
German cockroaches are well known for moving from place to place in boxes or bags, on clothing and only one egg carrying female can create an infestation. Given a suitable environment and a safe place to hide, their numbers can explode in a few months.
The American cockroach usually breeds in basements and sewer systems, from there they will migrate to surrounding areas, They are capable of traveling surprising distances.
Cockroaches can carry the pathogens that cause food borne illness such as salmonella. German cockroaches have been shown to cause asthma attacks but these are not the only health problems associated with them.
Getting rid of German cockroaches and American cockroaches can be a difficult task. The best approach is to combine several methods such as sanitation to remove their food sources, sealing cracks to reduce their safe harborage, and the use of baits and/or contact insecticides to eliminate live cockroaches from the area.
Yes! You will need to be thorough in your inspection and accurate in the use of baits or other insecticide products. Be sure to read and carefully follow label directions if using a pesticide. Cockroaches can be a very tough pest to eradicate as many homeowners who have attempted the Do-It-Yourself approach will testify, which is why calling Rose Pest Solutions first, can save you time, money and embarrassment.
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Your safety and comfort during any treatment are top priorities. If pesticides are required they will meet EPA registration requirements and be used according to all label directions. Should any treatment require additional precautions they will be discussed with you at the time of treatment and a written copy will be provided as well.
Cockroach problems can be very difficult to prevent. You can, however, make life significantly more difficult for cockroaches by ensuring all food is kept in air-tight storage containers and all food preparation areas are kept clean and tidy. You can also contact Rose Pest Solutions and ask about our Integrated Pest Management Home Protection Program.