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CockroachRoaches are very small pests that will infest your home if not controlled. They are very small pests that can reproduce very quickly. There are four main cockroaches that will infest a home: the Brown Banded roach, the German roach, the Oriental roach, and the most common; the American roach or sewer roach.

What does a roach look like? 

The four different types of cockroaches will all vary in size and shape. The Brown Banded and German roach are the about the same size; or 1/8 of an inch. The coloring of both cockroaches is very similar. Both roaches are a light tan to light brown color. On the other hand, the Oriental and American roach are bigger in size; about 1 inch long. The coloring is as very similar. They are brown to a dark drown; almost black color.

Where do roaches live? 

Dead_Roaches_DustpanThe type of cockroach will greatly determine where a roach will live. The smaller Brown Banded and German roach will live in warm dry places; like where the hot water heater or dryer will be. The Oriental and American cockroach will live more in dark wet areas; like washers, and sinks. When roaches find what they like, they will infest the area and take over if not exterminated.

How to control the roach problem? 

The best way to control roaches is to have a company come out and treat for them. To fully control roaches, a three part treatment must be done. The first part is to treat inside the walls of the home with an in-wall treatment.  The in-wall treatment will exterminate any roach living in the walls. The second part is to treat around the foundation of the home, using a power sprayer, not a back pack sprayer. The last part is to treat at the source of the cockroach problems, the plants. Using granules to treat the plants will help control the roaches, and eliminate them from the source.

Make sure you solicit the services of a professional roach control company when facing a cockroach problem.

American Cockroach Control

American roachAmerican cockroaches are the biggest cockroaches, and some of the fastest bugs to infest a home.

What does the American roach look like? 

The American cockroach will have a reddish brown colored body, and will have yellow markings around the head. Off the head the American roach will have two long antennas. The American roach can grow to about two inches.

Where will you see American cockroaches?  

Outside of the home, American cockroaches will be found by your plants, gardens, and any really damp warm areas. Inside the home American roaches can be found hiding in cabinets, under sinks, in the bath room, and in the walls of the home. American cockroaches will infest your home very quick. The egg capsules of an American cockroach will hold about 15 eggs, and each roach and lay up to 10 egg capsules. Each egg capsule will then hatch about 45 days after being laid.

Why are there American cockroaches in my home? 

American_Cockroach_SideMost of the American cockroaches in your home will be there looking for shelter and food. American roaches will eat just about anything. Their meal plan will consist of cosmetics, beer, potted plants, soap, hair, toenails, and postage stamps.

What should I do if I see American cockroaches in my home?

If you are seeing them in your home the best thing to do is call some one that can control the American roaches. American cockroaches are very hard to control if not treated correctly. Bulwark Pest Control will come treat your home with a power sprayer, temp dust, baits and granules. This treatment is strong enough to eliminate the problem, and will ensure that the American cockroaches will be controlled. Bulwark Pest Control is licensed and insured. Yes, every one of Bulwark Technicians are state licensed, and in-house trained.

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Pest Of The Week: The Australian Cockroach

Periplaneta australasiae (Australian Cockroach)
Periplaneta australasiae (Australian Cockroach) (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

While common in Australia (hence the name Australian cockroach) the Australian Cockroach is also very prevalent in the southern United States. Because of their large size and similar coloring, the Australian cockroach is often times confused for the American cockroach. Both are a reddish brown in color, but the Australian roach has a yellow stripe that runs near the side of its wings. The Australian is also a little bit smaller, compared to the American roach, with average lengths of 1.2 to 1.5 inches; which is still rather big for a roach species.

Unlike a lot of species of roach, the Australian cockroach prefers the outdoors. Since they cannot tolerate colder weather, they will usually only enter homes when it suddenly gets cooler. Another unique characteristic of this roach is that is quite vegetarian; feasting mainly on organic materials like plants and veggies. Although this is their preferred diet, they also seem fond of starchy substances like the glue of book bindings. Like any other species of roach, professional roach control techniques can manage the Australian cockroach populations near a home or property.

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One of the scariest features of the Africanized “killer” bee is their aggressive behavior. Additionally, you cannot visually tell the difference between the killer bee and the common European honey bee. They look the same, and spend their time pollinating flowers, crops, and producing honey. In fact, the only way to tell the difference between these bees, other than their aggressive swarming behavior, is through molecular analysis.

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Pest of the Week

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The American cockroach, also known as the Palmetto bug or Waterbug, will grow to an average length of 1.6 inches and is approximately 0.28 of an inch tall. They appear reddish-brown, and have a yellowish margin on the body region located behind the head. Introduced to the United States from Africa, as early as 1625, they are now common in most tropical climates. Human activity and global shipping, has extended this insect’s range of habitation to the Unites States and most world ports.

This pest can travel quickly, often scurrying out of sight when anyone enters the room. In fact, an American cockroach experiment carried out at the University of California, Berkeley (1991), registered a record speed of 3.4 mph (5.4 kph).

Due to their large size and slow development, local pest control advises that large infestations of these insects are not common within houses. However, during certain times of the year, the American cockroach may enter a home seeking warmer temperatures and food. The American cockroach is a scavenger that feeds on decaying organic matter and is particularly fond of fermenting foods. They are most common in basements, crawl spaces, cracks/crevices of porches, foundations and walkways.

Can Cockroaches Jump? Meet the Leaproach.

Yes. The cockroach can jump… well at lest the Leaproach can jump, and up to 50 times it’s own length!

 

But this unique roach is the only 1 of ~4000 known roach species that can jump. While a few roach cousins like the American Cockroach are equipped with wings and do fly, the Leaproach has no wings. The secret to the roach jumpers success lies in it’s knees, modified with rubber-band-like resilin. Other differences from most cockroach species are in the antennae and eyes. The antennae also have an additional fixation point to apparently help with navigation. The eye’s are more rounded, perhaps an aerodynamic feature, and larger, possibly helping in sight for better landing. Oh one more distinction of honor for this particular roach…

Leapingroach wins Award for New Cockroach Species
Leapingroach wins Award for New Species 2011

Leaproach Awarded Top 10 New Species of 2011

According to the local Phoenix school of Arizona State University, the Jumping Roach made the top 10 New Species list for 2011! Who would of ever thought that cockroach would win a popularity contest? Hats off the this modern bug who is setting a new precedents for roaches everywhere.

And if you need Phoenix Roach Control then try Bulwark Exterminating… Shameless I know.

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Cockroaches

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RoachIntroduction:

• Cockroaches are one of the oldest groups of insects and are very successful because they are able to adapt so well to their environment. One reason for this is because of their diet. They are scavengers and will eat anything organic.

• Most species are of tropical or subtropical origin and they are not social insects, but will still be found in large numbers.

• The cockroach is of great importance to humans because they are known to carry many disease pathogens and can cause allergic reactions as well. Some disease pathogens they carry are: bacteria, such as Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Coliform, Bacillus, Clostridum, Escherchia coli (diarrhea), Shigella dysenteriae (dysentery), the protozoan-caused parasitic toxoplasmosis and hepatitis B antigen. They also carry diseases no longer a major threat in the U.S., such as cholera, plague and polio.

• The United States has about 50-70 of the approximate 4,000 species living worldwide. Only a few of these will inhabit man’s dwellings. The three most common of these are, first: the German cockroach, second: the American cockroach and third: the brown-banded cockroach.

Identification:

• The body is oval in outline and usually flattened. The wings are leathery with veins and cover the body. The antenna is long and threadlike. Cockroaches are brownish in color and about ½ in. to 1 ½ in long. Color and size will vary depending on species.

• Identification is important because cockroach species vary in food preference and living habits. For example: the American cockroach prefers living in food storage areas, basements and sewers. They prefer fermenting foods and are usually brought into a home on bags, clothing or other objects and through sewer lines. The Australian cockroach is very similar in appearance, has habits like the American cockroach, except they don’t like sewers and prefer to feed on new plant shoots or starchy foods. They are most likely to be brought in on potted plants from stores and nurseries.

RoachesLife cycle:

• Cockroaches have a simple metamorphosis: eggs, nymph, and adult. The nymph looks like the adult in appearance, except it is smaller and the adults have wings. All newly hatched cockroaches are white in color, but in a few hours, as their cuticle hardens, they assume their typical color.

• Female cockroaches lay eggs containing single egg cases or capsules, called ootheca. Each capsule has eggs arranged in two parallel rows opposite each other and may contain 4-60 eggs, depending on the species. The ootheca is usually dropped or glued to some sheltered surface near a food source, within a couple days of formation. Some species retain the ootheca, incubate it and this can give the illusion they are giving birth to live nymphs. Developmental time can vary depending on temperature, humidity and species. It can be 53 days for the German cockroach and as long as 2 years for the oriental cockroach. Usually a high temperature and high relative humidity in their harborage will shorten the developmental time.

Habitat:

• Cockroaches are gregarious (stay together in groups) by nature, but tend to separate by size. The size grouping depends on the size of the crack or crevice they are able to squeeze into and use as a harborage. They are nocturnal but can be found during the day when their harborage is filled to the max or overflowing. Cockroaches spend about 75% of their time in cracks and crevices which are small enough to barely squeeze into. The most preferred harborage is that of proper size and which is near a food and water source, as well as being warm with high relative humidity.

Feeding:

• Cockroaches feed on anything organic. They prefer foods that are starchy but will feed on sweets, grease, meat products, cheese, beer, leather, glue, hair, book bindings, flakes of dried skin or any decaying plant and animal matter.