Cockroach Control Identification
Growing up to 2 inches long, the American cockroach commonly nests in commercial buildings, preferring warm, damp basements, crawl spaces and sewers. In Wisconsin, the American cockroach dwells indoors. You can find this cockroach anywhere food or moisture is present. The American cockroach is an omnivorous scavenger, eating virtually anything. It often possesses disease-causing bacteria resulting from the unsanitary conditions it lives in and food it eats. Successful cockroach control entails direct treatment of the habitat by an experienced cockroach exterminator.
Brown Banded Cockroaches
Brown-banded cockroaches are light brown with lighter-colored stripes across the wings, growing up to a ½ inch long. They are building dwellers, commonly found in commercial facilities. Though brown-banded cockroaches prefer moist kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, they can survive in drier areas and can be found in bedrooms, closets, bookcases and other indoor areas. Brown-banded cockroaches are omnivorous, eating anything possessing organic matter.
German cockroaches are light to medium brown with two dark stripes on the thorax, growing up to 5/8 inches long. They prefer to nest in environments where heat, moisture, or food is present. The German cockroach commonly nests in apartments, homes, supermarkets, and restaurants. They usually find their way in through pipes, used furniture, grocery bags, and cardboard boxes. Indoors, the German cockroach nests close to food and moisture sources often found in kitchens and bathrooms. Due to their prominence, German cockroach control is best handled by a pest control professional.
Oriental cockroaches are reddish-brown or black and measure up to 1 inch in length. Only the males have brown wings. In summer, Oriental cockroaches prefer the outdoors, nesting in piles of firewood and debris, sheds, dog houses, sewers, storm culverts, and buildings. When winter hits, they invade homes, nesting in damp, secluded basements, crawl spaces, sump pumps, and attics.
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