WHY DO I HAVE ROACHES?

Roaches are one of the most reviled insects in the world and are unfortunately a problem for homes and businesses in North Carolina.  While they don't usually bite, cockroaches can still cause health problems for some people in an infested house or apartment. Some people can experience allergy and asthma symptoms from breathing in cockroach skin and waste.

If you think you have cockroaches, do not panic. Finding roaches is not a sign that your house is dirty. Even if you clean regularly and maintain a tidy home, cockroaches can usually find food and water without much trouble. This allows them to thrive in many environments.

Cockroaches are very resourceful insects that can enter your home in a number of different ways, including:

  • Crawling inside through small holes and cracks in the building.

  • Hitching a ride on bags, backpacks, suitcases and other containers.

  • Finding openings around doors and windows.

  • Moving from one apartment to another through pipes and other holes in shared walls.

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TYPES OF ROACHES FOUND IN NC

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The American cockroach’s claim to fame is that it is the largest species of house invading cockroach found in the U.S. They have the potential to o grow to more than 3 inches in length; however, they are more likely grow to between 1 ½ and 2 inches in length. American roaches are dark, reddish brown in color, with a lighter color outlining their body, and have a yellowish colored figure-8 pattern located behind their head.  Both female and male American roaches have fully developed wings that are longer than their body, and both are capable of flight.

AMERICAN COCKROACH

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Oriental roaches are often referred to as water bugs because like to live in places that are very damp, dark, and cool. Oriental roaches are a fairly large species, adults grow to about one inch in length; their bodies are smooth and shiny black in color. They emit a very powerful, musty, foul smelling odor. Both sexes have wings but neither is capable of flying.

ORIENTAL COCKROACH

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The German cockroach is the most common type of roach found invading homes and businesses. They are very invasive, squeezing their bodies through the tiniest of cracks to invade structures. Adult German cockroaches grow to between ½ and 5/8th of an inch in length. Their flat bodies are light brown or tan in color and have two distinctive black stripes running horizontally down behind their head. While both female and male German roaches have wings, they rarely fly.  Instead they are very fast runners and that’s how they travel.

GERMAN COCKROACH

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Adult brown-banded cockroaches grow to about ½ of an inch in length.  They are light brown in color, and as their name suggests they have very distinctive banding going across their wings. Females have a shorter and stouter body shape than the males and while males are good flyers, females are not capable of flight.

BROWN BANDED COCKROACH

HOW ROACHES CAN BE CONTROLLED

Let Pro Chem Pest Management develop an Integrated Pest Management Program.  This plan will incorporate a variety of methods and knowledge of cockroach behavior to help manage your infestation. Our approach can help you eliminate pests in an effective and less hazardous way.

 

 
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