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 with two of these being the most well known in Troy, MI, Columbus, OH, and throughout the United States:
The German cockroach - Blattella Germanica - adults are 1/4 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. Due to a simple metamorphic process, the young cockroach closely resembles the adult. A pregnant female can hold as many as 40 eggs in her egg case and can produce as many as three to four generations per year. As with most insect pests, the cockroach is a prolific breeder.
The American cockroach - Periplaneta Americana - occurs both indoors and outdoors. Adults are reddish-brown in color with light colored edges to the body. It is the largest of the common roaches, being 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length at maturity and like the German cockroach, the young roaches resemble the adult. A pregnant female American cockroach carries her egg cases with her for about 6 days and then she adheres them to a secure, protected surface where they incubate for about 2 months or longer. Each egg capsule can contain as many as 16 eggs. Juvenile cockroaches emerge from egg cases in 6 to 8 weeks and require 6 to 12 months 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: warmth, humidity, food, water and secure housing - German cockroaches can expand in numbers almost exponentially. The American cockroach usually breeds in underground utility networks and sewer systems, from which it then may move into other structures, favoring areas of high humidity like sewers, steam tunnels, boiler rooms and basements, especially around pipes and drains.
German cockroaches have been connected with outbreaks of illness such as salmonella poisoning and the instigation of asthma attacks but these are not the only health problems associated with them. The American cockroach can be a haven for various bacterial and viral pathogens on its body or in its feces. When in the home, it can contaminate food and food-preparation areas and surfaces with diseases that result in food poisoning, diarrhea or dysentery.
Getting rid of German cockroaches and American cockroaches is a difficult task due to their elusive, nocturnal nature and their ability to adapt rapidly to their chosen environment. Rose Pest Solutions is a highly experienced industry leader in the control and eradication of cockroaches.
Cockroaches are a very tough pest to eradicate as many homeowners who have attempted the Do-It-Yourself approach will testify, which is why Rose Pest Solutions creates a cockroach control solution tailored to your needs. The investigation and treatment process is complex and many of the pesticides available for Do-It-Yourself purposes are not effective. Remember, pesticides can be dangerous to the health of people and pets if they are mixed improperly or misused.
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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.