The Cockroach is arguably the oldest and most primitive of all insects. Plus, they are everywhere! Cockroaches are found in pretty much every part of the world and are considered the most primitive insects still alive today. The great news is that general cockroach control is included in our basic service agreement so there will be no additional charge for you.
They can fly and swim (even underwater) and survive without food or water for weeks at a time time. Their bodies can even live for a whole week (or longer) if their head gets cut off. It only dies because it can’t drink without a mouth and it dies of thirst. Their head can live twelve hours without their bodies. They can also hold very still and not move for hours at a time. They are omnivorous and will devour just about anything they can find which is why they are commonly found in kitchens but they typically only come out to eat at night. They prefer warm, dark, hard to reach areas. These pests carry lots of bacteria and allergens. Children are the most likely to be bothered by the allergens. One female cockroach could produce up to two million babies each year.
These insects have three body parts: The abdomen, the thorax and the head. The abdomen is the back end and the biggest part of the body and looks like it has armor on. The thorax is the midsection with six legs and two wings. The head has long antennae to feel its environment. Their jaws move from side to side instead of up and down giving them more freedom in the way they lick, bite, chew and slurp their food. They have a special part in their mouth called the palpi that allows them to taste something without ingesting it. This helps them detect poison… Which is why roach infestations need the help of a professional exterminator. These things are just disgusting.
So, Which kind of cockroach do you have?
There are four common types of roaches living in the area:
American Cockroaches are 1.5-2 inches long. They are reddish brown or light brown and with a yellow band where their thorax is.. Only the mature adults can fly. Egg sacks are dark red and only about .5 inches. Each sack contains about 16 eggs.
German Cockroaches are a little bigger than half an inch long and are light brown with two dark strips running down its body. Egg sacks are light brown and only .25-.5 inches and have several dozen babies inside. These pests are the most common ones found in houses and restaurants and are notorious for their infestations. They will climb onto things at the store and hitchhike to your home. They eat everything and are very difficult to get rid of. To eliminate German cockroaches requires a different process and product so there is a small additional fee to handle a German Cockroach infestation.
Oriental Cockroaches (also know as Water Bugs) are about one inch long and are shiny and dark brown or black. They have wings, but don’t fly. Females are a little larger than males. Egg sacks are dark reddish brown, about .5 inches, and have a dozen or so eggs in each sack (a female can produce up to 18 sacks at a time). They don’t like to climb and can’t fly, so they will be found on the ground and lower levels.
Turkestan Cockroaches are .5 – 1 inch long. They are golden yellow (males) or dark brown to black (females). Their egg sack is dark brown and about half an inch long with around 18 eggs. These roaches are very common in Southern Nevada.
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