Cockroaches are far more than an annoyance in the home. Not only can they contaminate food and other areas of the house, but they can also spread disease by shedding their exoskeletons. This can also cause severe allergic reactions in people who do not react well to the material. Asthma and allergies can also be irritated by the presence of cockroaches. Cockroaches are attracted to warm, humid environments that serve as protection and also provide a steady food and water supply. There are several types of cockroaches that people in the Pacific Northwest need to be aware of. If you suspect one of these types of cockroaches have invaded your home, call in a professional exterminator today and have the issue addressed as soon as possible before problems occur.
American cockroaches are about 1-2 inches in length and are typically a brownish red color. These cockroaches are unique in that they are excellent at flying and tend to stay out in the open rather than in secluded, dark areas. They do prefer warm, damp places and can live up to six hundred days, giving them ample time to produce offspring and infest your home.
Brown-Banded cockroaches are brown in color and are about a half inch long. They feed on wallpaper, book-bindings, and nylon, making them especially annoying for people. They lay their egg clusters in furniture, window treatments, and along shelves, meaning you can come across their offspring all over the house. Each egg capsule can have as many as sixteen eggs. They can live in any room in the home, but prefer warm, dry, and high up locations.
German cockroaches are about one half inch in length and tends to be light brown with black streaks across it’s body. They continuously breed throughout their lifespans, so the fact that they live about one hundred days does not matter much, as they will reproduce and spread throughout your home. They live almost exclusively around humans, especially in colder climates, as they cannot survive without some warmth. They are very common in restaurants.
The oriental cockroach is more glossy than others and is colored dark brown or black. They are about one inch in length and target habitats that are lower to the ground. They give off foul odors, which should alert you to their presence, and they will eat whatever they can.They prefer dark, damp places and will set up shop in basements and sewers.