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What Species Of Roaches Do I Have? How Can I Eliminate Them?

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Identifying Cockroaches

There are more than 4,000 known cockroach species, but only 30 will enter human habitations. In addition to this, a handful of species can be found in your city. Before you can begin working to remedy the problem, you need to find out which species you’re dealing with. Learning is very important because the roach’s behavior, habitat, and diet will depend on the species in question. Furthermore, certain treatment options are more effective for certain species. Some of the most common species in and around San Diego include the American, Smokey brown, Pennsylvania Wood, and Oriental Cockroach.

Which Species Of Cockroach Targets San Diego?

In your area, you’ll likely encounter German Cockroaches and American Cockroaches. Below, you’ll learn more about both species.

German Roaches – Adult German cockroaches range in size from ½ to 5/8 of an inch. In terms of color, they are usually light brown or tan with two racing stripes around the head. The problem with German roaches is the fact that they’re prolific reproducers. An adult female can easily produce 30 to 40 eggs in a single case. Over their lifetime, they’ll produce roughly 5 egg capsules. Suffice to say, a small infestation will quickly transform into a full-blown problem.

American Roaches – You’ll also find American cockroaches in your area. This species can range in size from 1 3/8 inches to 2 inches. They are reddish-brown and have a lighter color around the darker center. The American Cockroach is one of the latest. One thing that sets it apart from the others is the fact that it can fly. The American cockroach lives longer than the others. On average, it takes 6 months to 24 months to mature. Then, they’ll live for another year or two. If you notice American cockroaches in your home, you likely have a sewer or plumbing problem.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach – Male and female wood cockroaches are much different. You’ll find that males are much bigger and fully winged. Females are smaller and their wings are shorter. This cockroach is native to the Eastern United States but it is usually not a pest. They will not reproduce inside of your home. Still, you might find them outside of your home because they’re attracted to bright lights.

Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach – This species of cockroach is very small. They’ll typically grow 1/3 of an inch in length and are light tan in color. While they originated from Europe, they’ve been growing in the United States at an alarming pace. These roaches are commonly found in San Diego and other areas.

Oriental Cockroaches – Oriental cockroaches are larger than others ranging in size from 1 to 1 ¼ inch. They’re dark brown or black. While females never grow wings, males do. Their wings only cover three-quarters of their body. Oriental cockroaches are often found in sewers and dilapidated buildings. They can survive colder temperatures so you may find them around your garbage cans.

Smokey brown Roaches – Smokeybrown Cockroaches will reach 1 to 1 and ½ inches in adulthood. They are reddish-brown. These cockroaches can be found throughout the United States. They normally target the Northeastern portion of the United States but may make it to San Diego. These roaches are unique because they have full wings.

Surinam Cockroaches – These roaches are smaller than the others, and they’re light tan. These roaches prefer warmer climates. You likely won’t encounter Surinam Cockroaches unless you have a greenhouse or potted plants outside of your home. One odd thing about this species is that there are no males. The female survives and reproduces without male roaches.

Brown-Banded Cockroaches – Brown-banded cockroaches can grow up to ½ of an inch as adults. In terms of color, they’re either tan or light brown. The Brown-banded cockroach is often mistaken for the German cockroach. While this species can infest buildings, they’re not common in San Diego.

Why Does My Home Have Cockroaches?

How do you know why your home is being infested with cockroaches? Ultimately, the answer will depend on the species you’re dealing with. Some roaches will enter your home to search for food but others are coming from the sewer system. Once you’ve determined the species, you’ll figure out why they’re entering your home.

Will Cockroaches Pose A Danger?

You have to get rid of cockroaches as quickly as possible because they’re dangerous. If your home is overrun with roaches, there is a greater risk that you’re going to catch a disease or get ill. Cockroaches are not dangerous since they won’t bite you. The problem is that they’re going to contaminate your food sources. They can inflame asthma symptoms as well. You should never eat food that was contaminated by roaches because it could make you sick.

How Can I Get Rid Of Roaches?

Some species are attracted to unkempt homes. To combat this problem, clean your home more thoroughly. Clean up your dishes and leftovers immediately. Don’t leave them sitting around. However, it is going to be difficult to get rid of roaches once they’ve entered your home. When this happens, call a professional. Hiring professionals guarantee that you’ll be able to access highly effective chemicals and techniques. Our company is ready to begin helping you. Contact us today so we can solve your problem within days.

How Soon Can You Start?

Our team can arrive at your home in 24 to 48 hours.

Are Your Treatments Safe?

We are happy to say that our cockroach treatments are safe. We use a variety of products but all of our products are EPA-registered. Furthermore, we’ve trained our exterminators thoroughly and instill the importance of safety. When treating your home, you can rest assured knowing our technician will go above and beyond to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Can I Prevent Future Cockroach Infestations?

It can be difficult to stop cockroaches from entering your home. Instead, you should make it as difficult for the cockroaches as possible. First, keep your home as clean as possible. Clean up dirty dishes and eating utensils immediately. Take your garbage outside and never leave crumbs sitting around.

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