Cockroach Guides – Identification and Removal

Cockroaches can be extremely icky to have in your home because of their size and quick movements. That being said, cockroaches are an extremely common household pest and they can be removed and prevented with the right steps. Thankfully as a pest control expert with 30+ years of experience as well as a homeowner, we know a thing or two about getting rid of cockroaches and how to prevent them in the future. Check out our cockroach guides below:

Cockroach Guides:

The common cockroach, is a small insect that can be found in almost any part of the world. They prefer dark and damp places such as under sinks or washing machines. In homes they are most commonly found around the kitchen and bathroom areas since these rooms have easy access to water and food.

What Causes Cockroaches From Entering My Home?

These pests usually enter through tiny open cracks on the foundations of houses or buildings. Once inside, they live outdoors during daytime hours only venturing out at night to scavenge for food, water, or mates. Cockroaches can fit into very small areas, move swiftly along walls and ceilings, and make a high-pitched whine when they feel threatened or in danger.

What Are Common Species Of Cockroaches?:

The most common species of cockroaches found in homes and buildings throughout the world include:

  • American or Pennsylvania Roach (Blatella Amer icana)
  • Australian, Oriental, Brown-banded (Blatta Ori entalis)
  • German (Blattella Germanica)
  • Smokybrown Cockroach (Periplaneta Fuliginosa)
  • Turkistan Cockroach – also known as a Waterbug  (Xylocoris Palustris)

Some cockroach species can fly. The most common flying species are:

Allegheny Woodrat – this is a native species of roach found outdoors * Asian or Oriental Cockroach – they is not normally found indoors unless they are given easy access.

How To Prevent Cockroaches In Your Home:

Preventing cockroach infestations in your home is the key to keeping them away. There are many different steps you can take to prevent an infestation.

  • Use caulk in all cracks and crevices around cabinets, sinks, countertops, baseboards, etc.
  • Eliminate clutter around the house that provides ample hiding spaces for roaches to breed and live.
  • Use traps or poison bait stations if you see just a few roaches appearing in certain spots of your home. These methods should only be used by people who have a thorough knowledge of their use and how they work though because using these improperly may make matters worse instead of better.