These Oriental cockroaches are BIG. Second picture shows a roach with an egg case (ootheca) still attached. These roaches tend to be found areas of high moisture outside but sometimes, like in this case will come up thru sewer systems. You can find these in sinks and around floor drains, much like you would American Roaches.
These two were found in Boston, MA…a juvenile and adult American Roach. This juvenile, including antennae is only 1″ where as the adult has a body of 1.5 inches. These roaches get BIG. These roaches can be found in sewer systems which then could lend entry in basements of buildings in city environments. These roaches behave much different than the German aka “kitchen” roach. They are not as much as a problem as the German roaches but certainly can give you a fright. These BIG American Roaches are fast and if you are quiet enough you can hear them scurrying about. Happy Halloween!
Glueboards aka sticky traps like these are best used for monitoring insect infestations. It’s helps establish a baseline rather provide any real form of control. To control roaches requires a multifaceted approach. In where we might use a combination of liquids, aerosols, dusts, baits, physical barriers and even removing the roaches with a vacuum for faster control.
Ever wonder what a pregnant German Cockroach looks like? Maybe not, but take a peek anyways. The egg capsule protrudes from the body of the female roach. Even after the roach is dead the egg capsule can hatch letting 30-40 more babies to populate which explodes roach infestations rapidly.
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