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Learn about cockroaches from our guide including identifying and getting rid of them.
Cockroaches are some of the most common insects. They can be found all over the world and are highly adaptable. Because of this, they are able to successfully live in many different environments and climates. Cockroaches are scavengers and will set up shop inside any home or business. In general, cockroaches have flattened, oval-shaped bodies and six legs which are covered in spines. Most species are winged, but not all can fly and the ones that can are not great fliers. They also feature antennae that are about the length of their bodies.
Three of the more common species of cockroach found causing problems for home and business owners in Oklahoma include:
German cockroaches are a small species of cockroach. They are light brown or tan in color with two black stripes running horizontally down behind their heads.
American cockroaches are the largest species of household-invading cockroach living in the United States. Commonly called a “Palmetto bug”, they are dark reddish-brown in color and they have a lighter color outlining their bodies. They also have a unique yellow-colored figure-eight pattern that is located behind their heads.
Oriental cockroaches have smooth bodies that are shiny black in color. These cockroaches emit a powerful, musty, foul-smelling odor.
Cockroaches are considered dangerous pests. Before making way into your home or business, cockroaches were living in, feeding on and traveling through dirty areas such as garbage piles, drains, sewers, excrement, and decaying flesh. Cockroaches carry a widge range viruses, bacteria, parasites and human pathogens on their legs and body that they leave on the surfaces of your home, food, food prep areas, utensils and dishes. They also have the potential to destroy paper products and fabrics and they may stain surfaces they touch. Beyond all that, cockroaches shed their skins and their feces can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes, or trigger asthma attacks in people, especially in children. Bottom line, they are nasty!
Cockroaches have the potential to become pests in any structure that has food preparation or areas where food is stored. So literally any home or business can be invaded by cockroaches at any time. They enter homes and buildings through cracks and crevices in the foundation, gaps in the siding, spaces underneath and around windows and doors, or any other entrance point they can fit through. Cockroaches are also brought into homes and businesses accidentally inside used furniture, appliances, cardboard boxes, deliveries and potted plants.
American cockroaches prefer to nest outside underneath mulch, near trees or flower beds, and in sewer systems. Oriental cockroaches need to live in areas with high humidity. Outside, they are often found in sewers, piles of garbage, leaf piles, wood piles and underneath landscape timbers and fallen trees that are decaying. You will find German cockroaches indoors such as homes and restaurants. They are usually found nesting in warm, damp locations like the kitchens, basements, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
Both German and American cockroaches may move inside while foraging for food, or if the weather outside becomes unsuitable for them to live. Inside, they hide out and nest in moist, warm areas that are close to food sources like bathrooms, kitchens, basements and crawl spaces.
There are cockroach killer products available for purchase from your local hardware store or big box retailer, but the easiest way to control existing populations and prevent future infestations is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control, our dependable technicians provide year-round services to rid your home and property of cockroaches. We are committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to remove roaches and other household-invading pests while preventing their return. To learn more about eliminating cockroaches from your home or business throughout Greater Tulsa, reach out today to schedule your free 58-Point pest inspection.
Hiring a professional team will be the best method of defense, but there are a few steps you can take to keep them away:
If you have a pest problem, allow our team to solve it!