What do we do about Cockroaches?

First, It’s important to know that there are different kinds of cockroaches and that they require different treatments. We can break this down into two categories: Cockroach intrusions and Cockroach infestations.

The first category covers cockroaches that live and breed outside but come inside to find food and water. These roaches do not infest homes but are still unsanitary and annoying. This group include (most commonly) the American Cockroach, the Oriental Cockroach, and the Brown-Banded Cockroach. While these roaches will live in the home indefinitely they very seldom reach the level of infestation. Often you will only see one or two at a time and they are much easier to remove. To treat for these cockroaches we usually recommend an exterior and interior spray will Talstar P to create an impenetrable chemical barrier. For more information on these cockroaches see the sections below.

The second category  only includes one species, however it is by far the largest nuisance roach in America. The German Cockroach will infest homes rapidly and if not caught early on will create nests anywhere there is a food source. There are a couple steps to make sure you are combating the problem:

What can you do?

  1. Clean every area where food is found. Do not leave spills, crumbs, or leftovers out at all.
  2. Clean all surfaces every night, especially ovens, microwaves, etc.
  3. Take out trash and any pet foods every night.
  4. Dry sinks and pet water bowls every night, as well as bathtubs to ensure there is no water source available. Also fix any leaks.

Now that you know what to do, what can we do? Well you may have heard stories about how German Roaches can survive basically anything, and those stories are right. German roaches are nearly unstoppable, which is why we use the toughest, top-of-the-line materials aimed directly at eliminating German Roaches backed by years of research.

Of course we change chemicals depending on your specific needs, however our standard approach is as follows:

First, we break up the nesting areas with an aerosol, then we place traps to monitor the infestation, and finally we place Maxforce Impact roach bait to draw them out and kill the nests as a whole. For more severe infestations we may resort to using dusts and powders, or other methods but our certified techs will always discuss any treatment options with you beforehand.

Cockroach Infestation

German Cockroach

German Roach

German Roach – Usually smaller, lighter in color and usually in larger numbers

Adult German cockroaches are 1/2- to 5/8-inch long, pale brown or tan in color, with two parallel black streaks on the pronotum (shield-like segment behind the head). The adult males are somewhat narrower when viewed from below than the females. German cockroach nymphs, 1/8-inch long when they hatch, are almost uniformly dark except for a light area on the back of the second and third segments. As they grow, this light area becomes larger until as mature nymphs they have two parallel black streaks separated by a light tan area.

German cockroaches are the most common household insect found in the United States. This pest is usually found infesting the kitchen or bathroom, but has the capability of living in any portion of any heated structure. They are usually found in dark, secluded harborage areas such as under cupboards, behind cabinets, in wall voids, or around motor housings in appliances. The adult female produces four to eight Carmel brown egg capsules in her lifetime, each of which is about 5/16-inch long and contains 30 to 40 eggs. The nymphs emerge from the egg capsule in 28 to 30 days and they feed and live in the same areas that the adults do. Cockroaches feed on all types of food and just about anything with nutritional value found in a home.

German cockroaches are nighttime insects. They remain hidden in dark, secluded harborage areas in the day. If they are seen during daylight it is a sure sign that a tremendous population exists. Cockroaches like to congregate together in their harborages, but if the populations become too large they will be forced to move out of the safest hiding spots.

Non-Infesting Cockroaches

American Cockroach

American Roach

American Roach – Larger and broader than German, usually darker

American cockroaches are 2 inches long when mature, red-brown in color, and characterized by fully developed wings that completely cover the abdomen. The pronotum (shield-like area behind the head) has a yellow “halo-like” band around its edge

American roaches may be found occasionally invading homes. These native roaches are usually found under loose bark or inside hollow trees. They may also colonize the space under the decorative shake siding used on some homes.

They are quite active during the winter and are commonly seen in firewood. The nymphs mature in spring and the adults mate. The adult males are excellent fliers and are often attracted to lights during this mating season.

Wood roaches frequently enter homes that are built in or near woods. They also may survive in firewood piles.

Uncommon Cockroaches

Brown-Banded Cockroach

Brown-Banded Cockroach

Brown-Banded Cockroach – Similar in size to German Roaches but with distinct coloring

Adult brown-banded cockroach are about 5/8-inch long. The females are dark and broad with red-brown to dark wings that cover three-quarters of their rounded broad abdomens. Males are narrower and brighter colored with light brown wings that completely their narrow abdomens. Both sexes have two light, yellow-brown bands that run across the body which gives the insects their name. These bands are much easier to see on the nymphs because they lack the wings to hide them. The underside of the body on both sexes is light yellow-brown in color.

Brown-banded cockroaches are found in all parts of the home and seem to prefer hiding places up off the floor. They are often found in or under furniture or appliances and behind crown molding, pictures, tapestries, or other wall hangings. They like to hide their eggs in secluded places in groups where they often appear to be clusters of seeds. These insects like warmer environments and are not nearly as common in homes or institutions.