Cockroach Infestation

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Like most residents of Los Angeles, there is a very good chance you have turned on a light in a room and seen a number of small insects scamper away. Perhaps you felt a sinking feeling in your stomach that you may have infestation of cockroaches. Unfortunately, cockroaches are common pest problem in the City of Angels and the surrounding areas. 

Cockroaches have been around since the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth and have proven to be one of the most adaptable, hardy, insects on the planet. These tough insects are great at hiding, constantly looking for food, and breed so fast that they often create tremendous infestations very quickly.

Western Exterminator pest specialists are very familiar with types of cockroaches. We know where they hide, how they can get inside, and offer treatment options to get rid of cockroaches around your Los Angeles home and property. Contact Western Exterminator and get rid of roaches today.

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects. Roaches are part of the Blattodea family of insects, which also happens to include termites. There are numerous different species of cockroach around the world and nearly every single continent has them. The only continent where cockroaches are not found is  Antarctica. 

Cockroaches are scavengers who have chewing mouthparts which are designed to break apart food before digestion.

Cockroaches, because of the areas they crawl around in, are considered quite dirty pests and a nuisance rather than a danger due to bites. Because cockroaches like to eat garbage or even decaying materials, they can come into contact with various types of bacteria which they can transfer to surfaces all over Los Angeles County, including cooking surfaces.

What types of cockroaches are common in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is a large city with a large population. This means a large number of living conditions which can be conducive to cockroach infestations. Some of the most common Los Angeles cockroach species include:

  • American cockroach - a brown cockroach with long antenna and large wings folded across their back. They are among the larger known species of cockroach in North America. These insects also have one of the longer life cycles of any species of cockroach
  • German cockroach - a small species of cockroach that has become quite common in North America. They are usually tan to almost black in color. They have wings, and sometimes fly, but they do so very rarely. German cockroaches are common in areas where food is prepared, so they are common in kitchens in homes as well as restaurants, food processing plants, hotels and nursing homes.
  • Oriental cockroach - a cockroach that has now become quite common around the world. These are large insects that are generally black in color. They are flightless, despite having wings normally folded across their backs, and may appear a lot like species of beetle. This species of cockroach loves to hide.
  • Brown-banded cockroach - a small species of roach that is tan to light brown with two light-colored bands found across the wings and abdomen. Males of this species have wings which can sometimes cover the brown bands.

Signs of a cockroach infestation

Cockroaches can be hard to spot and the saying goes if you see one roach, there are likely hundreds more hidden away somewhere. Some of the signs of a cockroach infestation include:

  • Droppings - cockroach droppings look a lot like coffee grounds and if there is a large infestation, these may appear on the ground near where they are hiding.
  • Eggs - oval shaped, roaches sometimes lay their egg oothecae behind furniture or other objects around the house.
  • Odors - cockroaches do not smell very nice. A full blown infestation is often accompanied by an unpleasant odor that resembles a mustiness or oil.
  • Live or dead insects - if you find dead cockroaches on the floor or turn on lights to see them scampering away, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a cockroach infestation.

Western Exterminator Los Angeles gets rid of cockroaches

Western Exterminator has been in Los Angeles and Los Angeles County for decades, providing cockroach control services for residents and property owners. A Western Exterminator cockroach control specialist has been trained to find the signs of cockroaches, determine the species of roach, seek out their hiding places and offer cockroach treatments to get rid of roaches, larvae and eggs.

If you think you have a cockroach infestation around your property, contact your local Western Exterminator office and schedule an inspection and discuss treatments.

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