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Cockroaches can wreak havoc on your home. To win the war against cockroaches, here’s what you should know:
  • Entry: Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks and crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes, and even in grocery bags.
  • Ideal environment: Your home is an ideal breeding ground. With plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites, they can remain active all year round.
  • Reproduction: Cockroaches reproduce quickly. For every one you see there can be 200 more hiding and multiplying behind your walls.
  • Evasiveness: Because cockroaches are nocturnal, if you’ve seen one, you haven’t seen them all. The few cockroaches you see by day were likely forced out by overcrowding; a possible sign of severe infestation.
  • Allergies: The dust created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings can aggravate allergies, especially in sensitive individuals.
  • Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Cockroaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from insecticides. Without special equipment, materials and know-how, it can be a losing battle.
American Cockroach
Latin Name: Periplaneta americana
Appearance: The largest structure-infesting species—about 1/2-inch long. Reddish-brown wings with light markings on thorax.
Habit: Very aggressive. Prefers warm, damp areas. More likely to be seen in daytime and outdoors than other species. CommonBrown-Banded Cockroach
Latin Name: Supella longipalpis
Appearance: About 5/8-inch long. Wings have two brownish-yellow bands.
Habit: Nocturnal; can fly. They may be found throughout any structure, but prefer dry, warm areas, high locations and inside furniture.
Diet: Scavenger; eats almost anything.German Cockroach
Latin Name: Blattella germanica
Appearance: About 5/8-inch long. Light to medium brown with two dark longitudinal streaks on the thorax.
Habit: Nocturnal; primarily infests areas close to food, moisture and warmth. Most common cockroach found in and around apartments, homes, supermaOriental Cockroach
Latin Name: Blatta orientalis
Appearance: Dark brown and about one inch long.
Habit: Common outdoors; often enters buildings through sewer pipes. Tends to live near the ground and in warm, damp areas.
Diet: Eats anything, but often found feeding on garbage, sewage and decaying orgSmokeybrown Cockroach
Latin Name: Periplaneta fuliginosa
Appearance: Dark brown and up to 1/2-inch long.
Habit: Prefers to live outdoors. Populations are relatively immobile compared with other species.
Diet: Scavenger; eats almost anything, but normally feeds on plant material.
Reproduction: Egg ca
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