Often referred to as the “Apocalypse survival bug,” roaches can survive in virtually any given situation – including nuclear explosions. There are literally thousands of roach species throughout the world, but less than one percent of all species are associated with human habitats.
Common roach species include:
American cockroach :
American cockroaches are reddish-brown in color with a yellowish appearance behind the head. They grow to an average length of about 4 cm wide and 7 cm tall.
Brown-banded cockroaches are tan to light brown in color, with two light colored bands across the wings and abdomen. They measure about 10 – 14 mm long.
German cockroaches vary in color from tan to black, and have two dark streaks running from behind the head to the base of the wings. They measure from about 1.1 – 1.6 cm long.
Madagascar Hissing cockroach
Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are one of the largest species of cockroach, reaching up to 3 inches long. These wingless roaches have a reddish appearance and a black underbelly.
Oriental cockroach :
Oriental cockroaches are also known as “waterbugs” and are dark-brown to black in color and have a glossy appearance. Males range from 18-29 mm in length, and females are typically 20-27 mm long.
Smokybrown Cockroaches are closely related to the American cockroach, but are a darker brown, mahogany color and have a shiny-looking thorax. They measure between 1 ¼ and 1 3/8 inches long.
Our trained technicians use a revolutionary bait technology to solve all cockroach problems. It contains a food attractant combined with abamectin, a highly-effective insecticide.
Bait Technology Benefits Include:
Simple crack and crevice application:
We treat cracks and crevices, placing applications where cockroaches live, away from people and pests.
Effective and long-lasting formula
This unique formulation remains attractive and effective for a long time. You can generally expect several months of control from a single application.
Low odor :
The formulation is virtually odorless and the majority of our customers detect no odor.
The formulation contains a minimal amount of its active ingredient, abamectin, which has a very low toxicity to mammals.
Roach Eating Habits
Roaches are the polar opposite of picky eaters – they will eat virtually anything available to them. While they would prefer to feed on organic food sources including sweets, meats, and starches, they are known for consuming such unconventional items as hair, books, and decaying matter. If food sources are unavailable, they can survive off of water for months at a time.
Roaches are nocturnal, so chances are you won’t come into direct contact with them during the day unless you have a particularly bad infestation. So aside from seeing a roach scuttle across your kitchen countertop, there are several other signs signifying a roach infestation:
Small roaches often leave behind small, dark droppings similar in appearance to coffee grounds or black pepper.
Cockroaches produce egg casings that are long, rounded, and brownish in color. If you find casings or even unhatched eggs, this is characteristic of a roach infestation.
German cockroaches may emit a pungent, musty odor, so be on the alert if you notice this stench in your home.
If you have a large number of roaches, it is not uncommon to spot a dead one. Roaches tend to hide out, so check cabinets, under the stove, and behind any large appliances if you are suspicious of an infestation.
Preparation for Roach Control
Once you’ve contacted a trained technician to mitigate your roach problem, you will want to prepare the treatment areas. Here are some things you can do to prepare:
- You may need to empty your cabinets to access the areas that require treatment
- Remove all exposed food and clean hidden areas where food particles and debris may accumulate, such as under the refrigerator and stove
- Remove bags, boxes, and other storage areas that may provide harborage for insects
- Inform your technician of wherever you’ve seen cockroaches, to make the bait placements most effective