Pest Identification: Roach Control

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There’s a reason why many people joke that roaches can survive a nuclear apocalypse. These pests are very hardy, can survive in many different environments, and are extremely hard to get rid of. Cockroaches are found all over the globe, but in states like Illinois and Wisconsin, there are three main species to look out for as they attempt to infest your home or business.

American Cockroach

Ranging in size from 1 1/2″ to 2”, the American cockroach is the largest common species of roach in the U.S. When you think of cockroaches, these are typically the ones that come to mind: long antennae, reddish-brown bodies, and impressive speed for their size. They prefer to stay in very warm, dark, damp areas where they can feed on food scraps and other organic matter.

American cockroaches are not typically found outside in the cooler climate of Illinois and Wisconsin; instead, they migrate through steam pipes and sewer systems in urban and suburban settings. If they enter your home, they can bring potentially harmful bacteria with them, which can be transmitted to humans through infestations of food preparation areas in your home or business.

German Cockroach

While these cockroaches are smaller than their American counterparts (1/2” to 5/8”), they are in fact the most abundant species in the country. They range in colors from tan to almost black, with two dark stripes on the back of their heads. Because they forage for food at night, you may catch a glimpse of them scuttling into cracks and crevices when you turn on your kitchen or bathroom lights.

Again, these cockroaches prefer warm, dark areas, so you won’t find many of them outside in Illinois and Wisconsin. Instead, they are spread accidentally by sneaking into grocery bags, used furniture, and the pipes of apartment complexes. German cockroaches are also carriers of disease and filth, and because they can reproduce quickly, you can have a full-blown infestation on your hands before you know it.

Oriental Cockroach

Unlike the American and German roach varieties, the Oriental cockroach is large (1” to 1 1/4″) with a glossy black body, and moves fairly slow. They aren’t bothered as much by the cooler Illinois and Wisconsin climate, and are more likely to be found outside in bushes, under mulch and leaf ground cover, and around other damp areas. These roaches in particular are extremely elusive, and can hide in plain sight even after casual inspections.

Adult Oriental cockroaches can be easily killed with residual insecticides; however, females can start hatching new nymphs as little as two months after a single application. Diligence is key when dealing with roaches.

What Can I Do?

These three cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers, meaning they’ll eat pretty much anything they can find. They prefer meats, starches, sugars, and fatty foods, all of which can be found in food preparation and waste disposal areas. As with most pests, your best bet for roach control is to keep these areas clean and clear to eliminate the roaches’ food source. However, you shouldn’t wait too long to address a potential infestation before it gets out of hand. Homeowners and business owners in Illinois and Wisconsin should consider calling the professionals at Anderson Pest Solutions as soon as possible to make sure the situation is handled quickly and effectively.

Get Rid of Cockroaches in Illinois and Wisconsin

All three of these cockroaches are covered under Anderson’s pestfree365 program, which helps keep your home and property protected against 36 common pests in Illinois and Wisconsin. When you schedule service for roach control, you don’t need to cover any areas or make any special arrangements for early or late-night appointments. We will send out an expert pest control technician to do the following:

  • Determine the type of cockroach
  • Discreetly apply bait gels and other materials in roach vulnerable areas
  • Seal small holes or crevices if they are contributing to the infestation
  • Continue to service your account weekly until the infestation is solved
  • Place “sticky traps” to monitor further activity
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home or facility from further infestations

If you see one cockroach in your home or business, chances are they’re not alone. Don’t wait too long to act and risk a cockroach infestation. Contact Anderson Pest Solutions today and we’ll respond with quick, effective roach control service that respects your time and budget.