Cockroaches can be one of nature’s most disgusting creatures. They can also be some of nature’s most fascinating creatures…especially when they stay in nature where they belong. When they come looking for a place to join us in Shrewsbury, they seem more the former. Cockroaches are typically hard to deal with and can carry pathogens into your home. They are also one of the fastest reproducing insect types out there. Shrewsbury cockroach control varies from house to house and business to business, but here are the basics.
What Do Cockroaches Like to Eat
Cockroaches are omnivores. This means their diets can consist of either plants or animals. In some cases, they eat things we wouldn’t even consider food such as wallpaper paste. Not even my two-year-old is licking the back of our wallpaper. Roaches are drawn towards foods like carbohydrates, meats, and foods that are high in fat content, however, they are not very picky. This is especially true as populations expand. They will basically eat pretty much anything derived from a living organism.
3 Roaches We Hear About Often
1. Oriental Cockroach
Oriental cockroaches are typically shiny black to red in color. The males tend to be smaller. They only typically grow to 1 inch in length, while the females can grow to be up to 1⅓ inches in length. The males have wings however the females do not.
The cockroaches typically in warmer months can be found around moist landscape and even crawl out of the sewers at night. During the day they typically congregate in dark, moist, and undisturbed areas. Shrewsbury cockroach control for Oriental roaches will require exclusion, humidity control, and food source reduction.
2. German Cockroach
The German Cockroach is the most common cockroach species in the world. These roaches typically appear to be brown or tan with 2 black lines running vertically down their body. They are typically smaller in size than the larger roach species around ½ inch long.
Though they are typically found in food restaurants and food processing facilities they can find their way into your home. Unlike the Oriental Cockroaches, they like to nest in moist warm areas near their food source. In homes and apartments, they tend to be most concentrated in kitchens near accessible voids.
These roaches are particularly fond of grease splatter, so Shrewsbury roach control for German roaches will include cleaning with a degreaser, habitat modification, as well as exclusion and repairs.
3. American Cockroach
The American Cockroach is one of the larger types of cockroach. It can range from 1 ¼ to 2 inches long! They are typically reddish-brown in color with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of its head. To me, it looks like a faint butterfly tattoo. This pattern is also present and more pronounced in the Australian Roach. (Helpful hint: if an Australian cockroach makes its way into your home, just show it the door, it prefers to be outside and probably just came in on a plant from out there.)
These cockroaches tend to nest in dark, moist, and undisturbed areas. Given their size, you can usually tell when they are around as you will see them running across the ground towards their preferred darker areas.
Getting Rid of Roaches
Practice Good Food Sanitization Habits
Cockroaches are typically scavengers and typically drawn to places that food is readily available to them. Make sure to keep food crumbs away from places where they typically would nest. Keeping food sources low makes the other elements of Shrewsbury cockroach control more effective.
Place glue traps near the location you believe to be seeing the most amount of traffic. Once the specific species is caught call a professional pest controller to identify it and help detail a plan specific to its biology.
Call for Backup
Cockroaches are particularly resistant to most general use pesticides so it’s time to call in the heavy hitters. Given their ability to carry infectious pathogens your best route is to go for a quick and efficient control process that warrants a call to the pros. Shrewsbury roach control isn’t what you want to focus on, so get the roach experts on it and head back out into Dean Park for some relaxing and more welcoming nature.