Cockroaches are not as big a nuisance in the Pacific Northwest as they are in other regions of the World. While they may not be that widescale of an issue, they can still pose a potential threat. They are becoming, more and more, a problem to commercial and industrial centers such as restaurants, warehouses, and storage facilities. This influx of the cockroach population becoming more prevalent in the PNW due to the increase of people moving here.
In general, cockroaches usually grow to around 2 inches long. Some tropical species can be a bit larger. They have six legs, wings, and antennae. They are, however, not very good at flying (that's a plus).
Cockroaches can be very beneficial to the environment by consuming dead material. This isn't the case for all of them, though. Most will invade man-made structures and wreak havoc. They can carry diseases and tend to be found near waste sites or places with an abundance of food (that would be your kitchen). Restaurants and warehouses storing food (and food processing plants) are usual victims of cockroach infestations.
Cockroaches can stink. The are odorous and can make sounds as well. They are known for their chirping and clicking noises (that's annoying). The Madagascar cockroach makes a hissing noise - that's right... Hissing!
Like most pests, cockroaches come into your home through a variety of different avenues.
They can even catch a ride in your grocery bags and shipping boxes.
With warmth, water, food, and shelter, your home is a perfect target for these pests. Under these conditions, cockroaches will nest and breed all year.
There is one species of Cockroach that is the most common in the Pacific Northwest - the German Cockroach. They are brown, with the adults having two darker brown stripes that run down their head. They have wings but don't regularly use them. One of the biggest problems with the German cockroach is its ability to reproduce quickly. In fact, they reproduce faster than most other species of cockroach.
The German Cockroaches are considered an indoor cockroach. This has made them a little bit smaller than other species of cockroach, which is not good for homeowners. This just means they are able to get into tighter spaces and evade any controlling factors. And as stated before, they are not big on flying but they are fast runners.
They are after food and moisture, thus your bathrooms and kitchen are an oasis for these pests.
Due to their size, they are usually unknowingly transported via shipping boxes (big fans of cardboard).
They are big fans of Multi-Unit housing as well. They use the piping fixtures as their own personal highways and can reproduce in mass quantities without being detected.
We have mentioned a lot about their reproductive habits, but we really haven't stated it enough. Of all the cockroach species, the German Cockroaches make a lot of babies!
The female only needs to mate one time to be able to create offspring. They can produce an average of 40 eggs per cycle, and four to six cycles over their lifetime (lifetime = about a year). It only takes the eggs around a day or two to hatch. The offspring will become adults within 3 months after hatching.
This means they breed like crazy and the gestation period is almost nothing!
Unlike termites and carpenter ants, cockroaches do not attack your homes structures. The cause damages through biological warfare.
Cockroaches are vectors for disease and cause serious health concerns. Because they live and thrive in waste, they carry a lot of pathogens, such as:
Because they are so disgusting they emit an odor. This odor is sometimes described as musty, or just straight nasty! The odor is a definite indicator of a problem.
To help defend against a possible cockroach invasion there are things you should do. First off, keep your space clean! Cockroaches are scavengers and they will eat out of your kitchen sink or crumbs off the ground. They are not picky. If you get rid of their food source you'll be one step closer to keeping them away.
Secondly, if you have a plumbing problem (i.e., leaky or dripping pipes and faucets) get them fixed. Cockroaches are not the only pest attracted to wet damp areas. Keep up a messy and wet home and you'll have cockroaches, termites, and ants. A full on pest frenzy.
Seal cracks in your siding and foundation. Caulk gaps in your window sills. Small things like this will go far in the long run. Prevention is the name of the game.
Keep in mind, if you see one cockroach, more than likely there are many more nearby. They reproduce at a very fast rate and can survive under just about any condition - even nuclear fallout.
Because they are natural survivors, they are immune to many off the shelf insecticides. Get yourself a pest professional if you want them taken care of the right way - the fist time.
They are usually nocturnal creatures and this is why they are hard to detect. Most homeowners realize they have them by the sounds they make. If you start to see a couple of them, this could be an indication of overcrowding. Meaning, you have an infestation!
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