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How Do I Get Rid of Roaches Around My Home?

Getting rid of roaches can be tricky since roaches can find their way into your home or business in a variety of ways. Wildlife Management  Services pest control experts will assess your roach problem and any roach damage prior to using environmentally friendly pest control methods. We will then work with you to establish an effective and long-lasting roach control plan, providing you with peace of mind when it comes to unwelcome roach problems. And because the Eco-Wise™ Pest Control method for roach control is environmentally friendly, there is no concern for your family and pets.

How Do I Locate a Roach Infestation?

Determining where roaches are coming from is the first step in eliminating roach problems. Take a close look around your home or business to try to determine the source or largest infestation area.

Where Do Roach Infestations Occur?

  •  crawl spaces                  
  •  mulched gardens              
  •  tree holes or palm trees near the house  
  •  plumbing or sewer problems           
  •  pet food left outside              
  •  under concrete slabs              
  •  sewer vents
  •  sump areas
  •  utility areas
  •  garages
  •  soffit areas and attics
  •  pipe chases
  •  water meter boxes
  •  sewer junction boxes

Questions to Ask About Roach Problems:

  • Where have you seen roaches?
  • How many roaches have you seen?
  • What time of the day?
  • Where do roaches go when startled?
  • What size cockroaches are you seeing?
  • What are the roaches feeding on?
  • Have you seen roaches outside?
  • Do you have a crawl space?
  • Where is your water meter box?
  • Have you had any moisture problems sewer backups?
  • Are your gutters clean and functional?
  • Do you have an irrigation system?
  • Are your attic & eave areas well ventilated?

What Kind of Roaches Do I Have In My House?

There are several cockroaches commonly found in the United States. Only a few can infest structures and survive. The others can be found outside. Cockroaches can inhabit sewers and moist areas around and under homes, and within structures. Varying by type, roaches can be from  ½ inch to over 1.5 inches in length. Cockroaches have several stages of development before becoming adults. Roach nymphs are smaller and often look similar to one another.

American Roaches

American RoachAmerican Roaches are one of the largest domestic roaches. The American Roach can be over two inches long and red brown. Adults have four wings and a pale yellow halo around the shield-like pronotum directly behind the head. They experience several stages of nymphs, vary in size and have similar appearances. American roach egg cases can be deposited in harborage areas, which are purse shaped and dark brown.  Found throughout the United States, both inside and outside structures, American Roaches favor moist areas and can be found in sewers. The long life cycle presence of nymphs can indicate a large infestation. Sometimes, when found in trees in the southeastern and western U.S., they are called a palmetto bug.

American Roaches like moisture and are usually found outside. They can get into the eave areas on some houses along soffits. American Roach problems harbor in mulch and tree holes outside and are usually only seen at night. Roach infestation can be found in any American city, however American cockroach problems are more common in institutional settings in the northern United States.

Look for: dead roaches, egg cases and droppings (droppings are similar in size to mice but have grooves on them and are squared off at the ends).

Brown Banded Roaches

Brown Banded RoachThe brown banded roach is a commonly found tan colored roach about ½ inch long when mature. It also has several nymphal stages which are smaller than the adults. Brown banded roaches are distinguished by the two brown bands across the body. It is similar in size to the German roach, but prefers dryer warmer areas. Brown banded roaches can infest structures and are often introduced through rented material, e.g., furniture and appliances. 

These roaches also have a longer life cycle then the German roach. Populations build up slowly - slower than the German roach - but can be a widespread brown banded roach infestation. Egg cases are smaller than German roaches and are often “glued” to the underside of cabinets, drawers and other places they may be hiding. Look for brown banded roach infestations around furniture; behind pictures on walls; under cabinet drawers; or along edges of appliances, TVs and computers.

German Roaches

German RoachGerman roaches are small, tan, and approximately ½ inch long as adults, with two longitudinal black stripes on the back running the length of the body.. Adult German roaches have four wings. They have four or five smaller nymphal stages with no wings but with stripes. The eggs case is tan and elongated. They have a short life cycle and fast reproduction, so numbers can build up rapidly.

German roaches commonly infest structures. They can also be introduced with transport deliveries, or through infested materials. German cockroach infestations can occur in cracks and crevices in warmer moist or more humid areas of the room. Bathrooms and kitchens are usually the first area that German cockroach problems are seen but in many cases they can be found in bedrooms and other living areas. If German roach infestations are widespread, food sources are probably nearby. Look for antennae sticking out of cracks and crevices, droppings, fecal specks, cast skins, dead roaches, and egg capsules.

Areas where you have seen German roach problems; may include dishwashers, refrigerators, pantries, cabinet drawers (inside and underneath), under sinks.

Note: This is a significant structural pest. If live German roach problems are seen in the open areas - e.g. on walls, in corners or running on cabinets or counters – then the German roach infestation may be significantly large. In infestations like this there is often an odor associated with the German roach infestation

Oriental Roaches

Oriental RoachOriental cockroaches are dark brown to black in color with poorly developed wings. Oriental roaches do not fly. Males and females are similar in size, about 1 inch or larger. These roaches have a long life cycle.

Oriental roaches commonly live in moist areas. It favors moist areas and is often called a water bug. Due to its long life cycle, the presence of nymphs would indicate a large Oriental roach infestation.

Smokybrown Roaches

Smoky Brown RoachSmokybrown roaches are large cockroaches and can be 2 inches long. They are commonly called a palmetto bug, and are more common in the southeast and along the Gulf Coast of the United States. Nymphs vary in size and are darker than the American roaches. The name denotes its color: a deep brown color.

The smokybrown roach is a large roach that generally lives outside, in crawl spaces and in or around structures in mulch and trees. Smokybrown roaches also have a long life cycle. Smokeybrown roaches like moisture. They can get into the eave areas on some houses along soffits.

Look for: dead roaches, egg cases and droppings (droppings are similar in size to mice but have grooves on them and are squared off at the ends).

Wood Roaches

The wood roach is found outdoors in many areas of the country. They often are brought indoors when firewood is brought in from outside. The adults differ in appearance, with the males having wings, allowing them to fly to lights. Females look similar to Oriental roaches but are much smaller. They do not generally infest structures. Wood roaches are often attracted to outside lights. Wood roaches do not breed indoors.

Pay particular attention to any insects flying into lights at night in the springtime of the year. Locate where insects may be coming from indoors.

Call Wildlife Management Services to Get Rid of Roaches.

Wildlife Management Services has the knowledge, equipment, and skills to take care of all your ant problems and will show you how to get rid of roaches for good!

Wildlife Management EcoWise Pest Control Services are available throughout the United States and Canada. If you are not in the Minneapolis area, please call 1.800.274.8837 to find an office near you. We have the professional wildlife management solutions you need!

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