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Four Cockroaches You Might Find In Your Home

It is said that two things will survive a nuclear holocaust: Cher and cockroaches. While a nuclear holocaust may not be on the horizon, one thing’s for sure: cockroaches are here to stay. These insects have been roaming the earth since the days of the dinosaurs, and can survive just about anything, including a month without food, two weeks without water, 40 minutes without air, and an entire week without a head! Although there are literally thousands of different species of cockroaches, only four are known to dwell in houses.

American Cockroach

 

Periplaneta americana (American Cockroach)

Periplaneta americana (American Cockroach) (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

 

The largest cockroach found in houses is the American Cockroach, which averages at about two inches long. It has an oval shape and six legs, antenna, and wings that it doesn’t get until it reaches adulthood. The American cockroach is reddish-brown in color, with a yellow figure eight marking on the back of its head. The American cockroach eats just about anything, from plants to other bugs. They live in dark, wet places, and are often found in sewers and basements. They lurk around pipes and drains. Female American cockroaches can hatch up to 150 children a year – meaning that if you don’t call a pest control professional when you see one of these roaches, your home could easily become invaded!

Brown-Banded Cockroach

Beautiful Brown Banded Cockroach

Beautiful Brown Banded Cockroach (Photo credit: cdresz)

 

Brown-banded cockroaches are smaller than their American counterparts, only growing up to half an inch. They are also oval in shape and dark-brown in color with light brown bands across their wings (which is where their name originates from.) Male Brown-banded cockroaches have longer wings than females. The females often hide their eggs in or under furniture. These types of cockroaches live off of a diet consisting of starchy foods, such as book bindings and wallpaper pastes. They will also eat things such as nylon stockings, and other non-organic materials. The brown- banded cockroach prefers living in warmer, drier climates than the other common house roaches, and will take up residence in just about any room in your house. Fortunately, this species only lives five to six months.

German Cockroach

 

Blatella germanica

Blatella germanica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

German cockroaches are slightly larger than the Brown-banded roach, ranging between 1/2 – 5/8 inches. They are oval shaped and can be brown or dark brown. The German cockroach is found all over the world, but is the most common cockroach in the United States. Its diet consists of sweet, floury foods, as well as things like toothpaste. German cockroaches like to dwell in damp, warm places, such as bathrooms and kitchens. This roach species has a lifespan of 100 to 200 days.

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach (Photo credit: K Schneider)

 

The Oriental cockroach is the dirtiest of all cockroaches. They are oval-shaped and have a dark brown, almost black color. Although they are called the “Oriental cockroach,” they actually originate from Africa. The Oriental cockroach can grow to be about one inch in length. It lives off a healthy diet of garbage and other organic materials. This roach lives in sewers and other wet, decaying areas, such as basements, crawlspaces, and among firewood or piles of leaves. Oriental cockroaches prefer cooler temperatures (and dirtier places) than most other cockroaches. They give off a strong smell, contributing to their reputation for being filthy.

Cockroaches may be filthy, disease-ridden creatures, but one thing’s for certain: nature has taught them how to adapt. Cockroaches can survive just about anything, but even their evolutionary prowess can’t outwit a professional exterminator. If you’ve seen a cockroach (or two, or ten) roaming about your home, don’t hesitate to call pest control. Thousands of years of evolution have taught us that cockroaches are not something you’d wish to contend with.

 

About the author: Chris is writer for a Midland pest control company.

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August 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm Comments (0)

5 Most Common Las Vegas Pests

Las Vegas is world renown for its awe inspiring mega resorts, its entertaining shows, and hopping night life. Vacationers and residents alike can dine in the finest restaurants, cool off in lavish pools, and try their luck at a hand or two of black jack.

What many people don’t know is that Las Vegas has a dark side. The city is also home to some serious pests (and no, we’re not talking about the smut peddlers on the Strip).

Thanks to Las Vegas’ hot summers, dry winters and rainy springs, pests like ants, scorpions, crickets, roaches, spiders, bed bugs and termites all call Vegas their home.

Here are the top five most common pests that Bulwark Exterminating takes calls about in the city of Las Vegas, NV:

5. Desert Recluses

 

Desert Recluse - Loxosceles sp.

 

Often mistaken for its similar cousin the brown recluse, the desert recluse is another dangerous Las Vegas pest. Hiding in the tiniest, darkest, places it can find, the desert recluse is a threat to Las Vegas homeowners; because of their toxic bites. These spiders are a light brown, with a near black violin-shaped spot. Its legs are light brown, and its oval-shaped abdomen is dark brown, or even a greenish yellow. If disturbed by humans, the desert recluse will bite, producing a mild stinging, followed by redness and intense pain. Bites can cause death to the young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

4. Black Widows

 

Black Widow Spider 

The most recognizable of the Las Vegas pests also happens to be one of the most common… and the most dangerous. She’s the Black Widow spider, and she is marked with an unmistakable red hour glass underneath her large, glossy, black abdomen. Stay away from these deadly pests because their bites are serious business that may require medical treatment and anti-venom. Symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Professional spider control services can keep these nasty pests from building their webs anywhere near your Las Vegas property.

3. Cockroaches

 

Roach On Cracker 

The dirtiest and most disgusting of the Las Vegas pests is also one of the most common. Number three on our list is the dirty, disease spreading cockroach. When referring to Las Vegas cockroaches, we are specifically talking about four different species. The American cockroach (also known as a water bug), the Australian cockroach (a littler version of the American), the Oriental cockroach, and the German cockroach are the four common Las Vegas roaches. Not only are these cockroaches found infesting your homes, they also infest Las Vegas restaurants. Professional roach control methods are needed to eliminate these pests from our Las Vegas homes.

2. Bark Scorpions

 

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The most notorious pest found in Las Vegas; also happens to be one of the most common. It’s the Arizona Bark scorpion; commonly referred to as a bark scorpion. Las Vegas scorpions unleash a painful sting that can leave you incapacitated for hours, even days. When stung, you’ll experience pain, dizziness, burning sensations, darting eyes, nausea, and vomiting. Professional scorpion control can keep these dangerous Las Vegas pests away from your home.

1. Crickets

 

Cricket 

The most forgotten of Las Vegas pests, happens to be the most common. Crickets are the most frequently called about pests in Las Vegas, according to a recent survey by Bulwark Pest Control. Because they are not dangerous pests, they are often times overlooked. Las Vegas homeowners are reminded of these common pests when they start their loud chirping at night. Because they reproduce so rapidly, they can be found in huge numbers in and around Las Vegas homes.

Las Vegas Pest Control

If you are seeing scorpions, black widows, roaches, desert recluses, or any other Las Vegas pest near your home or property; take action! A Las Vegas pest control company will exterminate the existing household pests, and prevent others from making your home theirs. Get Las Vegas pest control today!

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
K-9 Sweeps LLC: Bed Bug Control
& K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com 
 
Orkin
4550 Ziebart Pl # A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 597-9760
orkin.com

 

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July 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm Comments (2)

How Are You Attracting Roaches Into Your Home?

Roaches seem to come out of nowhere. One minute, you’re enjoying a luxurious bath, and then you open your eyes and find yourself face to face with a bunch of creepy cockroaches. It’s enough to make you scream and scamper out of your tub, and you could even bump your head or slip in the process. Roaches can definitely ruin your day. But aside from that, there are health issues in relation to cockroach presence. For one, these bugs are capable of spreading bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses, like dysentery, salmonella, and gastroenteritis, to name a few. If you have a lung problem or other chronic respiratory disease, then you should avoid these critters because they can exacerbate asthma and other allergies.

What Attracts Roaches into a Home?

Cockroaches are attracted to a certain area because of several factors. Here are a few examples.

1. Food Source

Roaches are voracious eaters. Not only do they delight in things that they can find in sewers and garbage, but they are also known to eat non-food items, such as paper and soap. So, one way to keep the bugs away is by disposing garbage properly. If you’re throwing a plastic garbage bag in a bin that’s located outside, be sure to secure the plastic and then cover the bin as well. Avoid leaving uncovered food. If you want to keep some of the meatloaf you cooked for your husband, put this in a Tupperware or any container with a secure cover.

If you keep a compost pile for all your plant and vegetable waste, be sure to take precautions. Composts attract all sorts of insects, and this includes the roach, which is a creature that actually helps in breaking down organic matter. A few things that you can do are: cover your compost with mulch or old newspaper; turn your compost regularly; and avoid throwing meats and dairy products into the compost pile.

2. Water or Moisture

All living things need water to live, and that includes the cockroach. This is why they are drawn to areas in a house that usually remain humid, like bathrooms and kitchen sinks. Get rid of their water source by keeping things as dry as possible. Make sure to close faucets properly after using, and fix any leak problem as soon as possible.

3. Hiding Place

You’ll often see cockroaches hiding in dark and moist areas, or places where they feel safe. For example, they’ll feel perfectly at home underneath kitchen or bathroom sinks, as well as in cupboards, shelves or boxes. To avoid getting roaches, get rid of clutter and properly store items that you don’t often use.

Keeping Roaches Out

In order to further discourage roaches from getting inside your house, you need to employ physical barriers that will keep them out. Check if there are gaps, holes or cracks in your walls or floors, and fix these right away. You can use weatherstripping to close gaps or caulking material. In case you have a severe infestation and no amount of bug spray seems to keep them at bay, then maybe it’s time for you to call an exterminator.

Citations:

Claire Pritchard is a pest professional. Her articles are usually about pest management, and these have been used by pest control sites, like http://www.admiralpest.com/fullerton-pest-control/ .

 

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