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Types of Cockroaches and Preventative Methods

Cockroaches are some of the most resilient pests on the plant. This is mainly due to their indiscriminant diet, which includes any type of food people eat, but also anything organic - hair, dead skin cells, glue, leather, decaying plant matter, and more. And with more than 300,000 different cockroach species worldwide, this pest is also one of the most diverse.

The U.S. is home to about 50 cockroach species, with about a dozen found most frequently. These include the American Cockroach, the German Cockroach, the Asian Cockroach, the Australian Cockroach and more.

The American and German cockroaches are the most prolific, both preferring warm, moist environments such as kitchens and bathrooms. These types can be treated with over-the-counter cockroach sprays and baits, but professional treatment is usually the only way to get lasting results. Keeping your kitchen and bathroom sinks and faucets leak-free, and sealing cracks in your home's foundation are the two best ways to prevent these nasty invaders from entering your home.

Other indoor-loving cockroaches are the Australian Cockroach, the Florida Woods Cockroach, the Oriental Cockroach and the Smokey Brown Cockroach. With the exception of the Oriental, these species are found mostly in Gulf Coast states, particularly Florida. These cockroaches generally originate from outside, many of them fly and are attracted to trash or pet food left on porches and decks. They then enter homes through cracks in siding, foundation and attic vents. Once inside, these cockroaches prefer attics and crawl spaces, and will spend the majority of their time hidden from sight. Only when an infestation is large, or when they scavenge for food at night, will you see them.

The easiest way to prevent these types of cockroaches is to eliminate their food sources outdoors, and to seal cracks in your home's exterior walls, and to keep tight-fitting screens on attic and basement vents.

The Brown-banded cockroach also favors the indoors, but can adapt to both moist and dry environments making it one of the most difficult species to control. These pests are found everywhere from the kitchen to bedroom closets, bookshelves and even behind paintings. Professional treatment is typically best if you have a brown-banded invasion, but some prevention methods, such as inspecting food and furniture before it comes into your home, eliminating food stored in cardboard boxes or paper bags, and sealing cracks around plumbing, can help.

The four most common outdoors-loving cockroach species are the Asian cockroach, Cuban cockroach, Surinam cockroach and the Woods cockroach. These roaches usually live in wooded areas, preferring to feed on organic plant matter, but they do occasionally wind up inside homes when they accidentally fly through an open door or window, attracted by a light inside. Keeping these guys out is usually as simple as converting outdoor lights to yellow "but" lights, or keeping them off at night altogether. Sealing cracks and keeping door and window screens in good condition will also help.

Getting rid of cockroaches - professionally

Many cockroach infestations can be spot treated with store-bought products, but this will usually only eliminate the most visible members of the group. To rid your home completely, you need to find the source of the infestation, which is often a challenging task for the untrained eye.

Terminix pest control professionals are experienced in identifying the type of cockroach invading your home, then applying advanced treatment methods to stop the spread and eliminate the existing roaches.

Call today for a free quote on treating cockroaches in your home. Then let the Terminix crew help get rid of these unwanted houseguests.

Types of cockroaches

Below is a list of the most common cockroaches found in the U.S.

  • American Cockroach
  • Asian Cockroach
  • Australian Cockroach
  • Brown Banded Cockroach
  • Cuban Cockroach
  • Florida Woods Cockroach
  • German Cockroach
  • Oriental Cockroach
  • Smokey Brown Cockroach
  • Surinam Cockroach
  • Woods Cockroach

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