ROACHES can live without a head for a few weeks. They have small tube like valves throughout their body to breathe. But will die because they have no way of eating.
Female roaches can lay 300-400 eggs in a life span. Life span is usually one year. It takes a roach three months to reach adulthood.
Today, treatments are easier than before as we do not need to remove items from kitchen cabinets. New bait formulations are here to stay. These can also be used in combination with liquid non-repellants that are applied into harborage areas and cracks/crevices in the kitchen and bathrooms. The use of traps is recommended to monitor activity levels from treatment to treatment. Roaches should be treated on a monthly basis.
Century Termite and Pest has been eradicating roaches in this area since 1993. We offer monthly and quarterly services.
The American Cockroach, or “Bombay canary” as it is known to the English dockhands, is the largest of the house infesting cockroaches, being 1 1/2 inches long with fully developed reddish brown wings and light markings on the thorax.
This cockroach is commonly found in sewers and basements, particularly around pipes. This cockroach is also found to be a common inhabitant of sewage systems. Observations after heavy rain show that basements in numerous cities throughout the US have increased populations of American roaches.
Brown Banded Cockroach
The Brown Banded Cockroach is of African origin, and according to researchers was introduced from Cuba to Miami in the early 1900’s. This roach is now officially reported throughout the US.
This species is gregarious and hides in cupboards, pantries or even other rooms of the house. Preferences are shown for high locations such as shelves in closets, behind pictures and picture moldings, and the like. Egg capsules may be deposited about the kitchen sink, desks, tables and other furniture, and even bedding.
The German Cockroach, also known as the “steam fly” in England is worldwide in distribution. It is the most prevalent species in and around homes, apartments, supermarkets, food processing plants and restaurants.
The German cockroach is about 5/8 inch in length, brown in color, with two dark longitudinal streaks on the pronotum (its back). The male is light brown and somewhat boat shaped. The female is slightly darker in color with a broader and rounded posterior.
This cockroach breeds throughout the year indoors, but favors a humid environment and an average temperature of approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Oriental Cockroach (like other cockroach species) is often called a “water bug,” — possibly because cockroaches tend to inhabit damp places. It should be remembered, though, that a “water bug” in Beverly Hills is the same critter as a cockroach in the city.
This species, which is less wary and more sluggish than others, is the most disliked of all cockroaches since it often travels through sewer pipes and lives on filth. It may enter the home in food packages and laundry, or merely come in under the door through air ducts or ventilators. Researchers have found that large populations of this cockroach are common in trash chutes and in wall and porch voids. The Oriental cockroach is most common in dark, damp basements, but is known to climb water pipes to the upper floors of apartment houses.
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