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Once cockroaches have sneaked into your home, finding out which species you’re dealing with is immensely important. Today, the world is home to at least 4,000 species, but there could be more. Another thing to note is that only 30 species are linked to human dwellings. Roughly five species are pests in our service area. Before you can fix the problem, identify the species. Once you’ve done that, you’ll know more about the cockroach’s species, behavior, and more. You’ll also know how to swiftly fix the problem.
Some cockroaches are terrible pests. Others are not. They likely won’t enter your home even though they’re residing on your property. Some species do not reproduce or live in human dwellings. Below, you’ll learn more about common cockroach species. Once you’ve analyzed this information, you’ll have a better chance of identifying the species you’re dealing with.
Identifying Cockroach Species
Before going any furthermore, it is pertinent to learn more about the common cockroach species in Baltimore. Some are pests, but some aren’t. Below, you’ll learn more about the species that will likely impact your Baltimore dwelling.
First and foremost, you have German cockroaches. These cockroaches tend to range in length from half an inch to just over 5/8s of an inch. They’re tan or light brown with racing stripes running behind their heads. German cockroaches are very problematic for homeowners because they’re prolific breeders. Once they’ve entered your home, they’re going to begin breeding rapidly. A female can produce as many as 40 eggs at once, and she can produce at least five times during her life. Suffice to say, the issue is going to worsen quickly. If you’re looking for German cockroaches on your property, you need to check under your home’s appliances, including your dishwasher, oven, and refrigerator. Although they’ll develop wings, they do not fly.
You may run into American roaches, and you won’t be able to ignore them. Since they can grow up to two inches, turning the other cheek will be impossible. These reddish-brown cockroaches are larger than the others. Furthermore, they can fly. American cockroaches have long lives with some living for several years. It takes them at least two years to fully mature. These cockroaches prefer living near warm, moist locations. For instance, they may infest sewer systems. If you find American cockroaches near your home, you shouldn’t be surprised to find a broken sewer pipe nearby.
Although these are two of the most common cockroach species in Baltimore, they’re not alone. There is also a chance that you’re going to run into the following species.
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches
You may encounter Pennsylvania wood roaches as well. You may not realize that males and females belong to the same species because they look much different. Adults are generally larger than their female counterparts, and they have longer wings. Pennsylvania wood cockroaches are native to the Eastern portion of the United States, so you’re likely going to find them near your Baltimore home. They prefer staying outside but may enter a dwelling from time to time. They stay around blocked gutters, wood siding, and wood shingles.
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches
Spotted Mediterranean cockroaches are small cockroaches that rarely reach a third of an inch. They are generally light tan with a few dark speckles across their backs. Their population has expanded greatly during the past few years. Nevertheless, there is a good chance that you’re going to find Spotted Mediterranean cockroaches around your Baltimore home at some point. Thankfully, they’re not indoor pests. They likely won’t reproduce inside of your home, but they’re a nuisance outside. They’ll fly close to lights.
Next, you’ll have to worry about Oriental Cockroaches. Insects belonging to this species can grow over an inch in length. Female members of the species do not develop wings, but males do. The wings of the male Oriental cockroach do not cover its entire body though. In terms of their biology and activities, Oriental Cockroaches are similar to American cockroaches. The primary difference is that Oriental cockroaches are cold hardier, so they can survive in colder temperatures. You’ll likely find them living alongside your garbage cans.
Another species you’ll encounter are smokey brown cockroaches. They tend to grow over an inch and a half. In addition to this, they are reddish-brown. It is common to find Smokeybrown cockroaches across the United States in states such as Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, and elsewhere. They can travel in shipping containers.
Surinam cockroaches grow three-quarters of an inch. They’re light-tan and have a dark plate near their head. Surinam cockroaches prefer living in warmer climates. As a result, you likely won’t find them up North. When you do find them further North, they’ll be found hiding in your greenhouse. They like warm locations. All of these cockroaches are female.
Brown-banded cockroaches are small with most growing less than a quarter of an inch. They look a lot like German cockroaches, so the two are frequently compared. The good news is that you likely won’t encounter brown-banded cockroaches. They can infest a structure, but they don’t show up often.
Reasons For Cockroaches
You’re likely worried about the cockroaches around your home. What causes them to approach residential dwellings? Ultimately, most cockroaches are attracted to food sources. If your home isn’t clean, cockroaches will be able to find food in your home. As a result, they’ll enter your home and stay there. You need to stop this from happening by sealing the gaps in your home. Furthermore, some cockroaches are attracted to sewers, stopped gutters, and wood siding.
Primary Dangers Of Cockroaches
Ultimately, you have to eliminate a cockroach infestation as swiftly as possible. Failing to do so will lead to major issues in the future because cockroaches are dangerous. Cockroaches can carry and transmit a handful of serious diseases, including salmonella. Cockroaches are not physically dangerous since they don’t bite or attack people or pets. Nevertheless, they’re still one of the most dangerous pests on the planet. They will contaminate your food. If this happens, you cannot consume the contaminated food because you will get sick. Work with us so you can offset these risks. Our company will do what we can to keep you safe by eliminating pests with eco-friendly, safe solutions.
Eliminating Cockroach Infestations
Dealing with a cockroach infestation isn’t easy, but someone has to do it. If you’re looking for ways to rectify this problem, we’re here to help. We offer comprehensive, safe solutions. Cockroaches are elusive and nocturnal so they’re not going to be easy to remove from your home. Many people will try using DIY methods, but they’re ineffective. Plus, there is a risk that you’re going to use dangerous chemicals in your home. Doing so could make one of your family members ill. We hope you’ll let us fix this problem for you since we offer safer solutions to cockroach infestations. We may need to use pesticides, but we’ll do so cautiously. We would never use these chemicals haphazardly since doing so would put you and your loved ones at risk.
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Our company isn’t going to waste time dealing with your problem. When you call us, you can expect to hear from us in 24 to 48 hours.
We Offer Safer Cockroach Treatments
Our company would never do anything that would put or your loved ones at risk. We’re going to do everything we can to keep you safe. For instance, we strive to use non-toxic methods when possible. If we can eliminate your cockroaches using non-toxic methods, we will. However, there is always a chance that we’ll need to use pesticides. Don’t worry. We’re going to do everything possible to protect you and your loved ones. We’ll do what we can to keep you safe. In addition to this, we only use EPA-registered products. Doing so gives us peace of mind that you’re going to be okay. These products are safe, so we’ll know that everything will be fine.
Preventing Cockroaches From Invading Your Home
Ultimately, you’ll want to do what you can to prevent cockroaches from invading your home. However, this isn’t going to be easy. Unfortunately, cockroaches are difficult to eliminate and harder to keep away. Start by cleaning your home thoroughly and making sure cockroaches cannot find food in your home. Once you’ve done that, you should seal your exterior walls to keep pests out.