What To Know
There are more than 50 species of cockroaches in the United States but only 5 common in Colorado - the German, American, wood, oriental, and brown-banded. They range in size from ½ inch to 2 inches in length and vary in color from light to dark brown. The German cockroach is the most troublesome of all the cockroaches while the American cockroach is the largest pest species found in Colorado!
People associate roaches with filthy and unsanitary conditions but, being invaders, they can also be found in well-kept homes. Cockroaches are invasive pests so cleanliness, early detection and control are key.
Cockroaches generally like a carbohydrate or protein-based diet (starchy foods and meats) but will even feed on human hair, fingernails and toenails. People with sensitivities can suffer allergic reactions when eating food or breathing in house dust contaminated with their feces.
In the American cockroach species, females can produce around 10 egg capsules with each containing an average of 15 eggs that hatch in about 45 days. They reach maturity in about 450 days and can live up to 1 year. While in the German species, females can produce around 5 egg capsules with each containing an average of 30 eggs reaching maturity in about 3 months and can live about 200 days. Any way you look at it – that’s a lot of cockroaches.
Most cockroach species are most active at night. If you see them during the day it’s an indication that you may have a major infestation.
Cockroaches tend to concentrate in areas such as sinks, open food containers, under refrigerators and furniture, around plumbing fixtures, near standing water, and pet food bowls. And, they like hiding in dark cracks and crevices.
What To Look For
- Actually seeing them (the best time is at night when you turn on the lights)
- Cockroaches attached to grocery bags, boxes, purses – they can even hitchhike on your personal attire
- Egg capsules that are the size and shape of a bean glued to various surfaces
- Cockroach droppings (can be from black pepper to ground coffee to pellet-sized depending on the species)
- Dead cockroach remains
- Look in food storage areas, cracks, crevices and underneath sinks, appliances and furniture
- Check around standing water, unwashed dishes, grease, open food and pet food containers
- An unpleasant, pungent, or musky odor
- Some species produce clicking or chirping sounds
What To Do
Call the professionals @ My Pest Control: (303) 343-1701