GERMAN COCKROACH

The German roach originated in Africa, but was transported through early commerce to Europe and now is found throughout the world.  The German roach is nocturnal and strongly avoids light. The biological potential of this species is enormous, with females producing an average of 5 egg capsules in their lifetime, each with an average of 30 eggs in it. The time from egg to mature adult averages about 3 months, allowing 4 generations of the insects each year. Female adult roaches live for about 200 days. Females carry the egg capsule until one day before the eggs are to hatch. The German roach is tan to brownish color, small size, and two dark, stripes on its head. Adults reach about ½ inch in length. Successful control relies heavily on habitat modification to eliminate food and water sources Bugs B Dead has safe green alternative treatments that been highly successful against the German Roach. 

   

ORIENTAL COCKROACH

Believed to have originated in Africa, but now found throughout the world. The Oriental Cockroach inhabits damp locations such as crawl spaces under structures or underground water and sewage systems. Their travel through such unsanitary habitats increases their potential as disease vectors. It may be common in outdoor environments and enter a structure on its own, by crawling under doors or through other exterior openings. Females carry their egg capsules for about one day, and then deposits the capsule in a secluded place. Each capsule has an average of 15 eggs, and the development from egg to mature adult takes about one year. These large roaches usually reach about 1 inch in length. They are very dark brown to black, with the females having an oval shape. Since this critter often enters structures by walking in or entering through drains, applications of residual green alternative insecticides around building perimeters, in drain openings, or in sewer and storm system openings will help to control them.  

AMERICAN COCKROACH

This Cockroach is possibly from Africa or Asia, but found worldwide for many centuries now. It occurs throughout the United States as a familiar pest.  The American Roach is more common outdoors in landscape plantings, sewers or storm drain systems Each female produces around 10 egg capsules, carrying the capsule for a day or two and then carefully placing it in a protected location. Each egg capsule has an average of 15 eggs in it and these hatch in about 45 days. Adults live an average of around 1 year, but potentially can live almost 3 years. The American roach adult has fully developed wings and is capable of some flight.  American Roaches are reddish brown. Adults may be up to 1.5 inches long from head to tail, with extremely long antennae. Since this species is abundant outdoors, control begins with habit management in the outdoor areas. Removal of harborage sites under debris or piles of wood and discarded materials will reduce populations near a structure. Control of food and moisture sources outdoors and indoors are important. Bugs B Dead offers a perimeter treatment with a green alternative insecticide that will intercept many individuals that attempt to access a structure.