Four Common Cockroach types are The German Cockroach, The American Cockroach, The Oriental Cockroach and The Brown-Banded Cockroach have many of the same habits and traits. Some habits and traits can be different as well. Cockroaches are among the most common of insects. Roaches have been on earth for over an estimated 300 million years. They are very adaptable and are very comfortable living with people. All Roaches have three life stages; Egg, nymph and adult. As the Roach grows it sheds its exoskeleton or outer shell. Some Roach types carry an egg sack, which contain 14 to 40 eggs, for a very short time before depositing it in a crack or crevice close to a food source. Other carry them until they hatch. Cockroaches can produce between 200-900 eggs per year. Do the math and you can see how quickly an infestation can start. All Cockroaches, produce secretions that stink and can affect the flavor of food. When there is a big infestation the whole room will have an unpleasant odor. Most Experienced Pest Control Technicians can tell there is a Cockroach Infestation simply from the smell. American Cockroaches often become abundant in city dumps, basements and steam tunnels of restaurants, bakeries, food processing facilities, and in grocery stores. Oriental cockroaches are called water bugs because they like dark, damp, and cool places such like under sinks, washing machines, drains and damp basements. The Brown-Banded Cockroach prefers warm and dry places, like refrigerator motors, on the upper cabinets, pantries, closets, dressers, all furniture and a common place picture frames. The German Cockroach is adaptable just about anywhere. All may cause disease and allergies. They may crawl through some nasty areas before crawling across your clean house. Cockroaches are more than just a nuisance pest. Roach Control is very important especially if you have young kids or older people.
German Cockroaches are the smallest roach, no more than 3/4” long. It can be a tannish brown and sometimes closer to black. A common marking on them is a dark lines running from the head to the start of the wings. They have wings but do not fly and if you don't look very close won't realize that they have them.
American Cockroaches are about 1"-1/2" long and a reddish brown color, they have fully developed wings. Oriental Cockroaches are about 1" long and a dark brown to black color they have a somewhat greasy sheen.
Brown-Banded Cockroaches are about 1/2" long and light brown, with fully developed wings they can be distinguished by the two brown broad bands across the body.
Seeing them is the most obvious. Roach Feces or little black dots in hidden places like cracks and crevices. In some cases they may damage items containing glue like books and stamps. In some case they may damage soiled clothing if they contain skin flakes.
Yes. They can have bacteria and viruses on their bodies. Food Poisoning, Dysentery and Diarrhea can be transmitted by these Cockroaches. The bacteria and germs are carried on the legs and bodies of Cockroaches and can be left on food, utensils and surfaces as the Cockroach run around. Cockroach Feces and skin contain allergens and people get rashes, watery eyes, congestion in the nose, sneezing and even Asthma.
Kill it quick before it gets away and possibly reproduces. Look for more and determine where they maybe hiding and the type of Cockroach.
Cockroaches will enter homes in boxes, grocery sacks, suitcases and furniture especially if it came from storage. Some Roaches will come in from the wet exterior through cracks in the foundation and other cracks and crevices.
Sanitation is the most important, cleaning leaves less of a food source. Dusts such as boric acid and diatomaceous earth will help if put in the cracks and crevices. Just be sure to follow the label.
Cobra Pest Control will need to provide a “FREE inspection” to determine the type and scope of the Cockroach problem. In some case such as homes and apartments prices can be given over the phone after answering a few questions. Estimates will always be given and agreed upon before work is started. Some companies charge for inspections, don't pay that or use them. Do your homework and get more than one estimate.