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.
Summer is when roaches peak in numbers. The weather is ideal for them to breed and go thru their cycle fast. If a roach population isn’t drastically crashed with the first 30 days then chances are they will repopulated and hang around another 30 days. This is the time frame we use to get a roach population under control. We have about a month to get the problem almost-gone, otherwise the clock resets and we need to start all over again.
Roaches can cause health problems such as asthmatic issues. Their bodies can break down into tiny pieces causing them to become airborne, which you breathe in. Roaches live in the most unsanitary of places. They can survive so well, this makes the dirty…they walk around counter tops, over food and are constantly spreading bacteria where ever they go.
Roach infestations take a multi-faceted approach to solve. Depending on the situation we may use a combination of products to get the population under control fast. Something you can before and after a service is vacuum. Vacuuming and removing roaches is an excellent way to reduce their numbers and slow the progression of the infestation.
Don’t go at it alone. Give us a call to help you rid your home or place of business of roaches.