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It is often easier to spot signs of a cockroach problem than the actual insect pest. Cockroaches are mostly nocturnal, during the day they prefer to stay hidden in cracks and crevices, coming out to feed mostly at night time.
Cockroaches are attracted to all types of food available in your home. They will eat anything from foods, paper, packaging, plastics and fabrics to animal matter (i.e. hamster and rabbit droppings). If you suspect a problem in your home or business there are some simple ways to tell if have cockroaches.
Cockroaches come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, but they all carry the same characteristics when it comes to their bodies. These include:
To determine if you have cockroaches as opposed to some other kind of insect problem, you need to be on the lookout for:
Shed skins - like most true insects cockroaches go through several life cycles and when they do they leave behind shed skins.
Live roaches - you will likely see them at night and they can be in kitchen cabinets, cupboards, pantries, bathrooms, basements, closets and just about anyplace that's warm and might have food.
Dead roaches - often you will find the bodies of dead roaches lying around under cabinets or any of the spots where roaches like to hide.
Smear marks - roaches are dirty and they get into dirty things. When they rub against the walls or other objects, they can leave dark smears.
Odor - a heavy cockroach infestation will create a very distinctive musty smell.
Damage - cockroaches love to eat. They can chew through bags and will be looking for meat, sweets and starches. You might also find them dining on leather or books.
There are lots of cockroaches, but if you live in North America then there are some you are more likely to see than others. Here are some of the most common and descriptions of what they look like.
German Cockroach - although they are labeled as German, they are not actually from Germany, but may have originated in Africa. They are very small (just a few centimeters), light brown. Their distinctive feature is two long dark stripes running lengthwise down their bodies.
American Cockroach - a much larger cockroach, ranging in size from 35 - 40 mm. The are wide, flat and dark brown in color. American cockroaches have very long antennae. They are oval-shaped and will often have a yellowish-colored margin around the edges of their body.
Oriental Cockroach - another big one, these roaches between 20 - 25 mm in length. Oriental cockroaches are very dark or black in color and have a hard-shelled body. They love decayed meat and food and can be found in areas where food is prepared. Males have very long wings that cover about two-thirds of their body.
Brown-banded Cockroach - one of the smallest cockroaches around, reaching between 10-15 mm in length. They are tan or light brown and get their name from having dark brown bands across their abdomen. They are fond of homes and apartments, less fond of public areas and restaurants.
Identifying the location of a cockroach infestation can depend greatly on the species of cockroach that has invaded your property. Some prefer warm and humid areas, while other species can tolerate cooler conditions.
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No matter what types of cockroaches that you have a Western Exterminator Technicians can help you find their hiding places, remove them, and help you find ways to keep them away.
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