Common Pests: Roaches
The German Cockroach is the most common cockroach species in houses, apartments, restaurants,
hotels and other institutions. They are mostly active at night, during which
time they forage for food, water and mates. When German cockroaches are found
in area of a home or buildings which does contain food, it is usually caused by
a very heavy infestation or by the repellent effects of some insecticide
applications. Roaches can feed on scattered crumbs, soiled clothing, the glue
on dresser drawers or on some cosmetic products in these types of areas.
The American Cockroach is a large species of winged cockroach.
In larger urban buildings American cockroaches are found in dark, damp and warm
places. They frequently occupy relatively open spaces in groups. These roaches,
are more often than not, found near warm pipes, floor drains, damp basements,
water meters, and similar places. They are also commonly found in the storm and
sanitary sewer pipes of most cities. They can grow anywhere from 1" to 1.5" and
they are reddish-brown with a yellowish margin on the body region behind the head.
The Oriental cockroaches feed on many kinds of waste, rubbish and other decomposing
organic material. They seem specially fond of garbage and the contents of discarded
tin cans. If water is available, they can live for a month without food, but will
die within approximately two weeks without water. The Oriental Cockroach also has egg
cases that contain up to sixteen individual eggs which are dropped by the females and
hatch on their own in about two months. The Oriental Cockroach tends to move somewhat
slower than other species but they are harder to get rid of than other cockroaches.
Both genders are quite active and the adult males fly easily when disturbed. Adults
and nymphs can jump when attempting to escape. They frequently occupy the same
buildings as the German cockroach. The control techniques are different for the
two species because of their different behaviors. The brown-banded cockroach prefers
feeding on starchy matter. However, they may feed on almost anything, including such
non-organic materials as nylon stockings (possibly for the of body oils and skin flakes).
Cockroaches are among the most common invaders of your home. Fossil evidence has shown
that roaches are known to have been present on Earth for over 300 million years. You
will see them in the daytime, particularly when a heavy population is present or when
some other form of stress is placed on the population (such as lack of food or water).
Cockroaches ordinarily prefer a moist environment, and many types of roaches also prefer
a warm environment. They are especially fond of starches, sweets, grease, and meat
products; but will also eat other material, including their own feces. Roaches have a
remarkable determination to survive and can flatten their bodies to squeeze into the
tightest of openings, with water available, adults can live about a 30 days without food.
Cockroach control generally requires an continuing treatment program.
Everguard Exterminators has treatment programs to accommodate your specific problem which will
frequently require a monthly or quarterly treatment to guarantee that roaches will not come
back. After the initial treatment, we place monitoring stations throughout the location and
check them before each monthly treatment. Other services include filling holes where pipes meet
the walls, seal cracks around windows, eaves, doors, and door sweeps. On slab foundations, we
seal the weep holes and on pier and beam foundations, make sure that all the vents are screened