American cockroaches are the largest species of common roach. They are reddish brown and have a yellowish section on the body. Immature roaches look identical to adults but without wings. They travel quickly as they attempt to stay out of sight hiding in small cracks, under doors and appliances. It has a pair of large eyes that have over 2000 individual lenses making it a very active nocturnal animal but very sensitive to light. They tend to live in moist areas but can survive in dry areas if there is access to water. They can flourish in warm climates. In residential areas they live in basements and sewers but may move outdoors into yards while it's warm. They have been known to fly during mating season. They are scavengers that feed on a variety of organic decaying foods, but are very fond of fermenting foods.
The German Cockroach is a small species and can be tan, brown or even black in color. Although they have wings they cannot sustain flight. They are the most common and prominent household roaches. The tend in inhabit restaurants, hotels, and food processing facilities but can also infest kitchens and bathrooms and infest homes. They are mostly found in the evening hours but if disturbed can occasionally be sighted during daylight hours. They are very resilient creatures. This is because during the germination period the mother carries the eggs (above) rather than depositing them in an area that would leave the eggs vulnerable to attempts to wipe them out. The German roach is an omnivor and a scavenger. They are attracted to starch, sugary foods, grease and meats. In areas where food is short they may eat household items such as soap, glue, or toothpaste. In desperate times they may even turn cannibalistic often chewing on the wings and legs of fellow roaches.
The Banded Roaches live exclusively indoors. They are named for their banded design across the back that can be partially or fully hidden by wings on adults. They'll feed on hosehold items suchs as books, envelopes, stamps etc and tend to prefer higher ground such as behind frames and in upper kitchen cabinets. These roaches in particular do not require moisture for survival to the extent of other roach species, so their presence may not be limited to kitchens and bathrooms.
The Dirty Truth About Roaches
*Roaches can survive a month or more without food, but less than 2 weeks without water.
*They have been reported to spread 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms,
and at least 7 other kinds of human pathogens.
*Under optimum conditions, roaches can produce 2 million offspring in 1 year, with an average breeding season resulting in 350,000 offspring.
Preparing for a Roach Clean-Out...
A Roach Clean-Out is necessary when roaches have decided to move in, eat your food and not pay rent!
You tend to see them invading your kitchen space and possibly your bathroom...
In order to have the treatment done, we'll need a little help from you:
1. You'll need to remove ALL items from the upper and lower Kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
- This is required so our treatment can be as effective as possible. PLEASE do not stack these items in the kitchen and bathroom or against the walls of the rooms. The technician will need room to treat these areas.
-If you are going to wash the cabinets out it is best to do so BEFORE the service.
2. Also ensure the perimeters of all rooms are clear of unnecessary clutter. We do not require furniture to be moved.
3. This treatment will require ALL small children and pet items to be put away or away from the edges of the room.
4. No one will be allowed to stay for the treatment. The home will need to stay empty for at least (1) hour after treatment or until the chemical is dry. Once the cabinets are dry you are able to dry wipe the cabinets and drawers. DO NOT wash the cabinets. The treatment will dilute and not have the appropriate effect needed.
What to Expect After Treatment...
The end result of these clean outs will vary depending on the initial severity of the infestation.
You should see an improvement in the number of roaches. It's normal to still see activity.
Please understand one treatment may not solve the problem. All of our roach clean out services come with one (1) follow up service (2) weeks from the orignial service date.
This follow up service does NOT require the cabinets to be cleaned out again.
You may still see some activity within a few days of the follow up treatment. This is normal.
Within a week of the follow up service, you shouldn't be seeing the roaches.
Prices start at $200.00+
Call us for an estimate!