Finding Cockroaches?Needing tot find the best way to get rid of them? You may not be someone that would be quick to openly admit it, but a lot of people have cockroach problems. Whether you live in an apartment of a stand alone home, cockroach infestations are increasingly common and are an embarrassing pest issue that people would like to keep secret. However, if you have company over, cockroaches may present themselves by crawling over the coffee table or up a wall in the living room, and then the secret’s out! We are here to tell you to not be ashamed. You are not a dirty, despicable person if you have roaches. Cockroaches have been on the move and are becoming a more common present indoors and it really doesn’t matter if you are a little unkempt or if you keep a neat home, cockroaches can find a way in and make themselves comfortable. If you are dealing with a cockroach infestation, you may have tried some remedies or may have even gone to the pest control aisle of your local department store to find a solution, only for the problem to reoccur. Do not be discouraged as it is possible to get rid of cockroaches from your property regardless of where you live just by equipping yourself with a bit of knowledge about cockroaches and their tendencies. The more you know about how cockroaches operate, the better your chances in eliminating an infestation by making modifications in your home and applying the right kinds of pesticide products, which we will cover in this helpful guide.
American cockroaches are large cockroaches which can be over an inch or two long and are known to startle and frighten people when found in the home because of their size. American cockroaches prefer to be outside but because of their affinity for moisture and darkness, often find their way indoors via plumbing and drains.
American cockroaches are often found in bathrooms, basements, boiler rooms, laundry rooms and around dumpsters and sewer areas. Luckily, American cockroaches don’t breed as quickly as another common problematic roach and thus are not as big of a frequent home invader. German cockroachesare the most common cockroach known to invade homes because they have been fully domesticated. This means that they prefer to live near humans or in man-made structures. Their survival is based on sticking close to us, unfortunately.
German cockroaches are smaller sized than American cockroaches, measuring less than an inch long when mature. They are light brown colored with two dark stripes that go parallel down the sides of their back. German cockroaches find their way indoors usually via already infesting some item that is brought into the home. If you live in an apartment, you can get a German cockroach infestation by simply cockroaches infesting a neighboring unit near you and the cockroaches migrating from that unit to your apartment to explore and forage for food and water. The main reason why German cockroaches are such a frustrating problem is because of their amazingly rapid ability to reproduce and multiply in a short span of time. A lone female German cockroach can potentially produce hundreds of offspring in a single year. A pregnant female lays 4 to 6 egg cases containing 30 to 40 eggs each which hatch and reach adulthood in quickly as 50 days. So if those 40 eggs contain many females that also mate and reproduce, an infestation can very quickly develop. This is why even seeing a few German cockroaches in your home should not be taken lightly and action should be taken to kill the infestation before it inevitably grows. Identifying your roach is usually best handled by professionals but you can do it yourself by just observing a cockroach closely and noting their physical features and then comparing them to images online.