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Roaches are everywhere. They are among the most common pests across the world, thanks to their resilience and ability to make their home in nearly any environment.
You may not realize you have a cockroach problem at first because they choose to live in dark, secluded areas and they are able to enter your home by squeezing in through tight spaces.
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Look for these signs of a cockroach infestation:
- Cockroach droppings (small and cylindrical, they will have ridges and appear like coffee grounds or pepper)
- Egg capsules that are tan, black or brown and shaped like small pills
- Molted skins from cockroach nymphs
- A scent that is musty and bittersweet
- Damaged food packaging
Roaches are not just unwelcome guests.
Every type of roach can cause significant health issues because they can carry bacteria and and other pathogens, resulting in:
- Food poisoning from the transfer of E. coli and salmonella to food sources
- Skin rashes
- Triggering asthma and allergies
Types of Roaches in Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware
There are five types of cockroaches found in our region.
The German cockroach is brown with two dark distinctive stripes. Both the male and female have wings but they cannot fly. They prefer living indoors and thrive where it is warm and humid. It is the most difficult cockroach to control due to its rapid rate of reproduction.
The American Cockroach is most common and the largest kind of roach, growing as long as 1-½”. They are also called palmetto bugs or water bugs. Reddish-brown in color, they also have wings and can fly short distances. American cockroaches live primarily outside but will seek entry points into buildings seeking food and water.
Oriental Cockroaches are sometimes called water bugs or black beetles due to their dark brown and black bodies. Both male and females have wings, with the female’s wings significantly smaller. Neither can fly. They prefer living outdoors but will seek shelter and food in dark, damp indoor spaces.
The brown-banded cockroach is among the smallest of cockroaches, growing to only ½” long. Their name comes from the markings on their bodies. Both males and females have wings but only males can fly. They prefer living in dark, hard-to-find areas but tend to gather in attics or on ceilings.
The Wood Cockroach looks similar to the American and German cockroaches but differ in appearance thanks to the translucent stripe on the outside edges of their wings and bodies. Females do not have wings but males do and they can fly long distances. These roaches prefer to live outside. If they are found within your home, it’s likely because they were carried in or the males were following the pheromone scent of the females.
You Can Try DIY – But Don’t Expect Lasting Results
You can try home methods like gel baits or spray to kill roaches but you may be signing up for a never ending battle. You might be successful in killing the roaches you can see but you won’t be removing the entire cockroach infestation
In the end, the cost of these items plus your time and the stress it causes is high when compared to the cost of a roach exterminator.
The clearest path to a roach-free home is hiring an exterminator.
Roach Control The Moyer Way
Our technicians will inspect your home, paying close attention to your kitchen, closets and bathroom as these are favorite hiding places for roaches.
We’ll determine the type of roaches in your home and the treatment required to rid your home of these pests.
Our treatment plan may include:
- Glue traps to determine where the roaches are hiding and entering your home.
- Use of professional grade gel baits to kill roaches on contact. Those who make it back to their colony will spread the control application to the rest of the roaches.
- Treatments of affected areas with spray or dust control products.
We will make repeat visits to monitor the progress and ensure that your home is entirely rid of roaches.