Cockroach infestations are never pleasant experiences for anyone. Knowing the species of cockroach at hand will help you choose the most effective method of extermination. Cockroaches trigger asthma and other unpleasant health effects, such as allergies. Let’s take a look at the three most common types of cockroaches in the south and how to prevent them.
This outdoor-dwelling roach can grow to a length of 1.5 inches. The males of this species develop wings that are longer than their bodies near the end of their life cycle. Their characteristic yellow headband serves as an easy means of recognition.
Wherever there is a lot of food is usually where you’ll find American cockroaches. They also favor less-frequently used drains. They like to nest in damp, dark wood piles in the wild.
The German cockroach is one of the most widespread species in the world. It varies in color from a light brown to a dark brown and has two stripes near the top of its head. Wings are present in this species. They like damp, dark places best. Due to their sensitivity to cold, they thrive in warmer climes.
This species was introduced to the United States in 1903 and has since spread throughout the entire country. The two faint brown bands on the wings of the brown-banded cockroach are the source of the insect’s common name. Infestations are most common in cabinets and behind pictures because those are the warmest, driest, and highest points in a room. It is common for this species to conceal its egg cases in or beneath human-made structures.
Prevent cockroaches from infesting your home by:
- Paying attention to the kitchen: Pick up any crumbs or spills right away and take out the trash on a regular basis.
- Decluttering: Get rid of old newspapers, switch to plastic instead of cardboard storage boxes, and avoid having clothes piled in one corner.
- Keeping the humidity down; roaches can’t survive without water. Repair any plumbing issues that may be causing leaks or drips. Use a dehumidifier to eliminate the dampness in your basement. The absence of moisture in the crawl space is another good reason to consider enclosing it.
Although taking preventative measures can lessen the likelihood of encounters with cockroaches, there are times when expert assistance is warranted. A professional pest control company in your area can inspect your home and advise you on how to best eliminate the problem and prevent it from returning.