The Types Of Cockroaches & Cockroach Treatments
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Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests in the United States. There is a good chance that you’re going to experience a cockroach infestation at some point. When this happens, you’ll need to learn how to identify the species and fix the problem. There are roughly 4,000 known species but 30 species are linked to human habitats. The species can vary from one state to another. Before trying to remedy this problem, you need to find out which species you’re combating.
The habitats, behaviors, and foods vary from one species to another. In addition to this, you’ll need to use treatments specifically designed to eliminate the species you’re dealing with. Many cockroach species are not pests since they do not live in human buildings. Some of the most common species include American, Smokey Brown, Pennsylvania, and Oriental Cockroaches. Cockroaches start as eggs and immature cockroaches do not have wings.
What Species Of Roaches Will I Likely Deal With?
If you live in Detroit, there is a good chance that you’re going to combat various pests. With cockroaches, there are several species you’ll have to worry about. However, the most common species in Michigan include German Cockroaches and American Cockroaches. Below, you’ll learn more about both species.
American – An adult American cockroach will span from 1 and 3/8 to 2 inches in length. They’ll be reddish-brown in tone with a lighter color surrounding a central darker mark on the head plate. American cockroaches are the largest and they can fly. This species of cockroaches can live a long time. On average, it will take 6 months to 2 years for the roach to mature. Then, they can live another year or longer after that. These cockroaches like moist areas such as sewers. If you find a lot of American cockroaches near your property, there is a chance that a sewer or plumbing pipe nearby has broken.
German – Adult German cockroaches range in size from ½ to 5/8 of an inch. They’re light brown or tan and have racing stripes near the head area. Cockroaches are prolific breeders and this includes the German cockroach. The female will produce an egg case containing 30 to 40 eggs. A single female can produce five or more egg capsules during their life. German roaches often infiltrate homes and live in kitchens. You can find them under warm appliances such as dishwashers, ovens, and refrigerators. Although they have developed wings, they cannot fly.
Spotted Mediterranean – The Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach is small. It grows up to 1/3 of an inch. This cockroach species recently invaded the US from Europe. It came in the mid-1900s and has continued growing its population ever since. It is common to find this species of cockroach in Michigan. While they may enter the home, they usually don’t and won’t reproduce indoors. This roach likes lights and can fly.
Smokey Brown – Smokey Brown Roaches are slightly bigger. They can grow as long as 1 to 1 and a half-inch. Their color will be reddish-brown. They’re primarily found in the South but they may go to Michigan too. Smokey Brown Cockroaches have full wings but the color is different than that of the American cockroach.
Oriental – Oriental cockroaches are large with adults measuring up to 1 ¼ inch. Female oriental cockroaches never develop wings. Male roaches of this species will but they’re smaller than what you’ll find on other species. These roaches can be found in sewers and older structures throughout Michigan. Oriental cockroaches feed on feces and garbage.
Surinam – Adult Surinam Cockroaches typically grow up to ¾ of an inch. These roaches prefer warmer climates so they’re not common in Michigan. However, they might show up in potted plants in greenhouses. Strangely, this species does not have male cockroaches. There are only female cockroaches in this species.
Brown-Banded – Brown-banded cockroaches can grow as long as ½ an inch and they’re tan or light brown. They look similar to German cockroaches but there is one difference. This roach has a unique mark behind its head whereas the German roach has racing stripes.
Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach is unique because females and males look much different. Males are bigger than females. This roach is native to the Eastern United States. Thankfully, Pennsylvania wood cockroaches are not pests. They do not like living or reproducing inside. The Pennsylvania wood cockroach can commonly be found outside in woodpiles, wooden shingles, and clogged gutters.
What Causes Cockroaches?
The cause depends on the type of cockroach you’re dealing with. In some cases, roaches are coming because your home isn’t as clean as it could be. In other cases, it might have something to do with a broken pipe. Before you can eliminate the roaches, you need to find out what is causing them.
Is A Roach Dangerous?
Ultimately, roaches are problematic and dangerous. If you’re dealing with a large infestation, the health risks are massive. Cockroaches do not bite or sting but they can still be dangerous. The problem is that cockroaches can spread dangerous diseases such as salmonella. In addition to this, they can cause asthma attacks in people who are allergic to them. Since they can transmit diseases, it is pertinent to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
How Can I Get Rid Of Cockroaches?
Remember that cockroaches tend to target homes with poor housekeeping. To remedy this problem, you need to go above and beyond to keep your home clean and tidy. Get rid of food crumbs and trash. In addition to this, you’ll want to clean dishes as quickly as possible. Furthermore, you’ll want to call us. Trying to deal with this problem alone will be too complicated and dangerous. You have to call our office so we can schedule an appointment as soon as possible. With our assistance, you’ll be able to get rid of the bugs as soon as possible.
How Quickly Can You Get Started?
Our company wants to get started as soon as possible. This is why we’re going to respond to your request within 48 hours. However, we normally arrive within 24.
Are Cockroach Treatments Safe?
It is wise to be cautious of cockroach treatments since some are dangerous. Thankfully, we’ve found ways to get rid of roaches without creating risks. We use non-toxic methods to remove these pests. All of the insecticides we use are registered with the EPA. When you work with us, the risks are minimal.
Can I Stop Future Cockroach Infestations?
It is very difficult to prevent future cockroach infestations but we can help. First, we want to make sure that your home remains clean and tidy. We’ll provide you with other tips for protecting your home as well. Don’t hesitate to call us because we can help you put together an effective prevention plan.