Yuck! Cockroaches. It's actually not just that roaches are crunchy and disgusting but they pose a real health hazard to Oregon families. Roaches prefer to live in damp, dark places like sewers and bathrooms where bacteria abounds. Then when roaches come out of hiding and walk across food and kitchen preparation surfaces you can imagine what happens. Nasty!
Protecting yourself from cockroaches starts by identifying what type of roaches are present and then carrying out the necessary steps for their speedy extermination. Let's take a look at the most common types of roaches found in the Douglas, Lane, Linn, and Benton Counties of Oregon--German Cockroaches, Oriental Cockroaches and American Cockroaches. When treating for cockroaches, it's important to note that effective removal of a cockroach population is generally not a quick-fix, and will likely require numerous visits, each knocking back the population more and more until the infestation is completely removed. Here's our video outlining some information on these species and what you can expect when dealing with them.
What follows are some key differences in types of cockroach infestations:
These little devils are the worst kind. They multiply like crazy and can completely overrun a home, apartment or restaurant. They are very acrobatic and can often be seen walking up walls and even across ceilings.
Adult German Roaches are about 3/4 inch long and can be distinguished by two dark stripes behind their head. (see image)
German cockroaches are the most common roach infesting the interior of buildings. If populations are high they can sometimes be seen outdoors around trash areas during warmer months of the year. These roaches love to take up residence inside anything electronic or electrical. Often they start in the kitchen, living inside electrical outlets, refrigerator compressors, microwaves, coffee makers, and kitchen cabinets. As the population increases they begin venturing away from the kitchen in search of food.
Bathrooms are often the next hot spot followed but bedrooms. When populations are small German Cockroaches seldom venture out during the daytime. If German Roaches are seen in the daytime, then high levels of infestation are likely present.
Don’t be deceived by the infant stages of German Roaches. The infant stages are dark colored and small without two stripes behind their head. Actually they look very similar to the infant stages of American cockroaches. If you have German Roaches you are definitely going to need professional help to get rid of them. These guys are tough and elimination requires the big guns carried by our trained pros.
Oriental Cockroaches are usually nearly black and are 1-1.25″ long. They have wings but do not fly and are noticeably flat on top.
These roaches feed on decaying organic matter and prefer dark damp locations. They are most often found outdoors in water meter boxes, under leaf piles and around trash bins. If Oriental Roaches are sighted indoors it will usually be below ground level in basements or crawl spaces. Sometimes Oriental Cockroaches are found in bathtubs since they can’t walk up smooth surfaces.
If you have Oriental Roaches, then don’t panic. Eliminating Oriental Roaches with the professional grade products used by our technicians is fast and extremely effective.
American Cockroaches are also known as Water Bugs and Palmetto bugs. These nasty, crunchy beasts can reach 1.5″ long and run like mad when a light is turned on. The adult stages are redish brown, have a rounded top with wings and can even fly but seldom do.
American Cockroaches prefer to feed on decaying organic matter but will eat almost anything including book bindings, paper, cloth, syrups and sweets. They prefer to hide in dark basements, crawl spaces, sprinkler irrigation boxes, around bathtubs, clothes hampers, inside drainage pipes and under broken concrete sidewalks.
Our American Cockroach elimination system is fast acting and highly effective.
If you have found German, Oriental or American Cockroaches inside your home, then you are taking chances with your families health
If you’ve recently set up a cockroach treatment plan with us, there are a few tasks you can perform that will speed up the process of exterminating your roach infestation. While we use the best products around, and have a proven track-record of ridding homes of cockroaches, treating for cockroaches takes time and usually involves multiple visits. Complete cockroach extermination seldom ends after only on or two visits, but by completing the following steps, you'll soon be living roach free. Before your treatment series begins, it’s important to prepare the rooms (and especially the kitchen area) for our treatment tactics. Please follow these simple home preparation steps prior to our first treatment:
_____ 1. Empty infested cupboard areas. This is important and will help to complete step 2 below. The treatments and products we’ll be using work best if they can be applied cleanly and completely, and having items in the cupboards to be treated can hamper the process, making the treatment less effective.
_____ 2.Clean the areas to be treated and remove clutter. In the kitchen, sweeping and mopping is quite useful, as well as cleaning the inside of cupboards. In all rooms with a roach presence, removing piles of clothes, unnecessary debris and sorting through items such as stacks of books or movies is essential for our detail treatment. Cleanliness and order are a roaches worst enemy.
_____ 3. Seal up holes in walls or doors. Roaches are experts at sneaking in and out of wall trim and other small openings. Use caulk, silicone, or even a drywall repair kit to eliminate hiding places for roaches. When forced out into the open roaches will cross through our treatment barriers.