Why is it that kitchens tend to be the place where everyone wants to gather? Have you ever been hard at work, trying to create a healthy supper, but people keep getting in your way? This can be particularly frustrating if you have kids, teens, or even adults who like to sit on kitchen counters. Though this can be frustrating, it’s nothing compared to having cockroaches congregating in your kitchen! Here in Missouri, we have four common types of cockroaches that love to invade our homes and find their way into our kitchens.
Oriental cockroaches are a shiny black color and can grow to be about 1 inch in length. Females of this species have wide bodies with short wings while the males have narrower bodies and longer wings. Though both have wings, neither the males nor the females can fly. While these roaches prefer to live outside, they sometimes invade homes when the weather conditions outdoors become unfavorable.
Adult German cockroaches grow to be ½ to 1 ½ inches in length and range in color from light to dark brown. They also have two dark parallel bands that help distinguish them from other cockroach species. Unlike some other roaches, the females of this species do not lay individual eggs. Instead, they lay a brown egg capsule every 16-24 days. Each capsule can contain up to 48 eggs and each female can lay up to eight capsules in her lifetime.
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches
As their name implies, these roaches are typically are found in wooded areas. Adult Pennsylvania wood cockroaches grow to be between ¾ and 1 inch long, and the males have wings that enable them to fly for short periods of time while the females do not. These roaches are dark brown in color but their thorax and part of their wings are outlined in whitish-yellow. Pennsylvania wood cockroaches rarely enter homes in large numbers.
These roaches are around ½ an inch long and are light brown in color. The female Brownbanded Cockroaches are shorter and stouter than the males and are not able to fly. However, the males have wings and will fly away quickly when disturbed. The brown banding that gives these roaches their name can be found on both the nymphs and the adults of this species.
Issues Cockroaches Bring
The scare factor: There's no doubt about it, roaches are unnerving, especially when they have infested an area in large numbers. Dealing with roaches can cause a loss of sleep and a general uneasiness for some people.
How quickly they multiply: Cockroaches don't waste time when it comes to growing their populations. Like their cousin the Oriental cockroach, brownbanded cockroaches also produce egg capsules. At about fourteen capsules in a lifetime, which is about 200 days, with up to eighteen eggs in each capsule, just one female brownbanded cockroach can produce up to 252 offspring! Not to mention all the offspring each of those offspring will produce. This rapid reproduction rate can lead to the development of a large infestation in your home very quickly!
The smell they create: As their populations continue to grow, most roach infestations will begin putting off a foul odor. Oriental cockroaches, in particular, give off a noticeably strong, pungent, and musty odor.
The diseases they spread: Roaches are well known for transmitting diseases and are able to contaminate the food, dishes, cutting boards, counters, and silverware in your kitchen with the bacteria they carry on their bodies. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), these pests are linked to 33 kinds of bacteria, over 7 other human pathogens, and 6 parasitic worms. And those are only the ones we know about!
No kitchen should ever have cockroaches in it. Not only are they unpleasant to have around, but they are also a health risk to you and your family members. But eliminating cockroaches and keeping them out of a home is extremely difficult. Worse still, DIY cockroach treatments can create an even bigger health risk as the chemical agents used can be transported to food items and food-prep surfaces by the cockroaches you're trying to eliminate. It takes a lot to kill these pests. In fact, the rumors are true: cockroaches can survive up to a week without a head! So, a long time before a cockroach dies from chemical exposure, they can become an even greater threat to the health of everyone living in your home by spreading those harmful chemicals around.
When dealing with these dirty and resilient pests, it is best to hire an educated and experienced pest control professional. At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, our professionals use advanced pest control methods and strict protocols when applying treatments and ensure results without compromising your safety. When it comes to controlling cockroaches, don't settle for anything less. Give us a call today!