Common Cockroach Species
There are over 4,000 different varieties of cockroaches, but only about 30 of them can comfortably live with humans. This number can be further reduced to include only four varieties that cause problems in homes and businesses in the U.S.:
- American cockroach
- German cockroach
- Asian cockroach
- Oriental cockroach
Contrary to its name, the American cockroach is not actually native to the United States. Originally from Africa, it was introduced to this continent in the early 1600s, and these roaches thrive in tropical climates. It is the largest species with the longest lifecycle. American cockroaches are omnivores that will eat just about anything. Like many cockroaches, they can spread disease-causing bacteria as it collects on their legs while walking across food. They also produce strong, odorous secretions that may alter how foods taste.
German cockroaches are scavengers and omnivores, similar to other species. Particularly fond of meats, starches, and fatty foods, they will even eat household items like soaps and toothpaste. They are nocturnal creatures that are extremely sensitive to cold, which is why they thrive in tropical and subtropical climates just like Florida. Because they don’t have any natural predators, hide in tiny habitats, and reproduce quickly, it is easy for them to thrive and spread throughout even the smallest cracks and crevices in your home.
The Asian cockroach is nearly identical to the German cockroach with a couple of exceptions. For one, their wings are longer, which makes them strong flyers. In addition, they are attracted to light (like moths). This type of cockroach is commonly found outdoors.
Oriental cockroaches, also known as waterbugs, are large, slow-moving insects that can be found around decaying organic materials and damp locations like sewers, basements, and drains. They thrive in warm places with high humidity. Because they live in wet locations, it can be difficult to treat them with residual insecticides; they are easily killed, but the insecticides will get washed away, leading to newly hatched cockroaches two months later.
Do Cockroaches Pose a Danger to My Family?
As they don’t bite or sting, cockroaches do not pose a direct danger due to physical contact with them. However, they can lead to health problems if an infestation is not treated. Cockroaches can spread bacteria like Salmonella if they walk across food after picking up the bacteria on their legs or bodies. Also, dust that contains their remains of dead cockroaches can cause asthma if inhaled.
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How Do I Keep Cockroaches from Coming Back?
Preventing cockroach problems can be difficult because of how quickly they can spread and their ability to hide. Contact McCall ServiceContact McCall Service at the first sign of a roach infestation – it’s the best way to keep your home and family protected from these invasive pests!
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