AMERICAN COCKROACHES

Description: Reddish brown in color with a yellow/orange band around the edge of the head. These cockroaches have wings that will cover the abdomen when fully matured, making them strong fliers. When mature they grow to be about 35mm to 52mm in length.

Habits: They are more pronounced in commercial buildings than residential because they are brought in from shipments from other facilities that may be infested. They prefer warm and damp locations. In the summer they tend to to be more outdoors and in yards, but in the fall they prefer to be in surrounding structures feeding off fermenting foods.

Treatment: Starts with good sanitation and elimination of their harborage. Removing moisture and water leaks helps to control this population due to the American Cockroach being sensitive to dry areas. Sticky traps are used to guide and evaluate the treatment efforts.

GERMAN COCKROACHES

Description: Light brown to tan with a dark brown segment behind their head. They have fully developed developed wings but rarely fly. As nymphs, these cockroaches are about 3mm long. When fully matured, they range from 12mm to 16mm long.

Habits: These are one of the most common household pest, typically infesting kitchens and bathrooms. Generally they obtain access to homes through grocery bags, cardboard boxes, infested microwaves, toasters, etc. They feed off of human/ pet foods, toothpaste, and soaps. While they typically are active at night in the dark, seeing active German cockroaches during the day is a sign of a large infestation.

Treatment: Starts with good sanitation and elimination of their harborage. Removing food residue and removing any clutter in dark/damp locations near food sources. To maximize treatments, gel baits, dusts and other pest control services are important in order to reduce or eliminate the infestation.