Did you know that roaches (aka cockroaches) carry and can spread more than 40 varieties of bacteria, parasitic worms and other human pathogens? That’s because roaches accumulate many different germs along the spines of their legs. These typically come from less sanitary places such as bathroom floors, rodent nesting areas and even sewage. Roaches can also acquire germs from the rotting food and garbage (from dumpsters behind restaurants) they typically consume.
Unfortunately, our homes are also a great breeding ground for roaches. Roaches spread germs and diseases through their droppings which can be a persistent problem.
What Are The Most Common Types of Roaches Found in Kansas and Missouri homes and businesses?
We Believe That The Best Roach Control Program Involves:
Preliminary Cockroach Inspection
Species Targeted Liquid Treatment (Begins to control cockroach infestation and controls development of nymphs)
Dusts (Dust treatments to wall voids, cracks and crevices works well used in combination of other methods)
Baiting (Baiting methods can be used where competing food sources are not readily available and it is used to control mild to heavy cockroach infestations)
Traps (Glue traps are often used in the identification of roaches, specially in mild infestations. Glue traps are also used to monitor progress of cockroach treatments and in identification of infested areas.
Follow up visits to re-inspect treated areas and track treatment progress
More About Roaches
German Cockroach (Scientific name: Blattella germanica)
The German cockroach is a small tan roach most often seen in kitchens. It measures anywhere from 1/2 to 5/8 inches. An identifying feature are two streak almost parallel lines running from the head to the base of the wings. It thrives in human occupied buildings due to lack of predators and an abundance of food sources. This roach has a fast reproducing cycle and a light infestation can quickly become a heavy infestation.
It has an ability to built resistance against insecticides and pesticides,
self-treatment is not recommended.
Life Span: 6-9 months
Nymphal development time: 6-12 weeks
Egg Sack (known as an ootheca): 6-9mm in length and can contain up to 50 eggs
American Cockroach (Scientific name: Periplaneta americana)
The American Cockroach is a large roach measuring approximately 1.6 inches in length and 0.2 inches in height. This type of roach is commonly referred to as a water-bug, and is found in moist warm areas. They are most commonly found in crawlspaces, basements, sewers and even in dry areas that have access to water. The American roach is omnivorous and are opportunistic feeders feeding on just about anything. Unlike other fast reproducing roaches, the American Cockroach is a slow reproducing cockroach and because of this it is not typical for households or commercial buildings to have heavy infestations.
Lifespan: 1-1.5 years
Nymphal development time: 4-15 Months
Egg Sack (known as an ootheca): 8mm in length and can contain up to 15 eggs
Oriental Cockroach (Scientific name: Blatta orientalis)
Oriental Cockroaches are often refer as a tree roach. They thrive on gardens and moist areas. When they enter buildings it is mainly in search of shelter or by accidental entry. These roaches measure approximately 0.7-1.1 inches in length. They typically live in mulch areas, damp basements and crawlspaces, under leaf ground cover, bushes, sewer pipes, sinks and other damp areas found in households. The female has very short useless wings, while the males have wings that cover 3/4 of the body length and are capable of short flight of approximately 9 feet of distance.
Lifespan: 1-1.5 years
Nymphal development time: 6-12 months
Egg Sack (known as an ootheca): 8-10mm and contains 16 eggs
Midway Pest Management can assure you the optimum pest solution plan to get rid of any cockroach invading your home or business. Our trained experts will give the advice and help you select the best cockroach elimination service to end these pests from invading your home or business. The most common cockroach is the German Roach and all the instructions and service details will be discussed by one of our expert pest management professionals during the inspection visit.