Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Do you have a good cockroach story? Most people have come into contact with cockroaches at some point in their life and if they are unlucky enough, the cockroaches have made it into their food, onto their bodies, or under a bare foot as they are crushed. People don’t tend to like cockroaches and there are many good reasons to dislike these insects, but one of the best reasons is their propensity for spreading disease to any surface they touch. There are a few different types of cockroaches throughout our Ohio service area and the most notable are the German cockroach and the American cockroach. Think you have seen cockroaches inside your home? Let the Cincinnati exterminators at Rose Pest Solutions help you determine whether you have German or American cockroaches and offer a few prevention tips to keep these disease-spreading pests out of your home.
German Cockroaches: These cockroaches are relatively small, ranging between ¼ of an inch and 5/8 of an inch long. They are usually light brown or tan in color and they have a pair of dark stripes that run lengthwise on their bodies. They can reproduce quickly, with the female having as many as 3 or 4 generations a year and producing as many as 40 eggs in one generation. These insects are generally found in food processing facilities, restaurants and other areas where food is prepared or processed. They are nocturnal, but if the population has been disturbed or there is a large infestation, they have been known to be active in the daytime. If frightened or squished, German cockroaches may emit an unpleasant odor.
American Cockroaches: These insects can be found both indoors and out; they are relatively large, ranging between 1 to 1 and a half inches long. Sometimes called water bugs or misidentified as palmetto bugs, these cockroaches don’t reproduce quite as quickly as German cockroaches, but an infestation of these bugs inside your home can still become large, especially with many pregnant females. American cockroaches are reddish brown and have a yellowish margin on the body region behind the head. Their bodies are flattened and broadly oval and they have long, segmented antennae. These cockroaches are also known to be nocturnal.
When they are in your home, they are looking to steal the food in your pantry, eat the food they can find in your garbage cans and live protected under your appliances and any other ‘safe’ places they can find in your home. To prevent cockroaches from infesting your home, you need to make it less suitable for them. Remove easily accessed food sources by taking your garbage out regularly, never leaving food on counters, washing your dishes immediately and keeping your home clean and clutter free. Finding and closing up any areas in the exterior that may be allowing them in can also help to eliminate cockroaches from entering, but once they’ve made a home for themselves in your home, your best bet is to contact a pest control professional for targeted cockroach control.
Obviously, having these insects inside your home is less than ideal. If you have cockroaches in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus or elsewhere in Ohio, contact Rose Pest Solutions today! Our services can help eliminate disease spreading cockroaches so that your family doesn’t get sick from the pathogens they are known to carry. Call Rose today for more information on cockroach control as well as information on our annual pest control program to keep pests like ants, and rodents, from getting into your home. Call today for a FREE inspection (800) 966-7673!
Rose Pest Solutions provides pest control to Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in addition to Ohio. We can protect you from a variety of pests including mosquitoes, stinging insects, bed bugs, termites, earwigs, spiders, wildlife removal, pantry pests and stink bugs.