Super Roach Unmasked

Face-To-Face_With_RoachWe all know that the most sly and sneaky creepy crawler out there is the cockroach. This bug will eat our pizza or snickers bar if open and left out; it will even raid our pantries and refrigerators. Over a span of many years this bug has put up quite a resistance in the war against mankind. The roach is one of the most exterminated bugs by pest control professionals, but in the 1990’s in Florida, some of the exterminator’s tricks stop working. This was because the roaches developed a trick of their own; ditching their sweet tooth.

One of the professional tactics used against cockroaches is baiting them with a sweet, sugary poison. In the 90’s when this bait stopped working, researchers started speculating about this seemingly invincible pest. How had the bug avoided the sweet scent and taste of the concoction? Researchers from Raleigh’s North Carolina State University, Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jules Silverman, and Coby Schal looked into that very question.

The Findings

Using the common German cockroach, researchers studied the reason for this change in roach behavior. Roaches use taste hairs all over their bodies instead of taste buds to taste their food. Researchers focused on the taste hairs around their mouths and two types of nerve cells that transmit signals to the brain. One of these transmits the taste of bitterness, while the other transmits the taste of sweetness. When the brain received the sweet signal, the roaches were, of course, inclined to eat the substance, and when it received a signal of bitterness, the roaches laid off. The three researchers from North Carolina determined that glucose, which is the main ingredient used in most sugary products, stimulates the bitter receptor in the roach’s brain.


Entomologist at Purdue University, Grzegorz Buczkowski, and Walter S. Leal, the head of the entomology department in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis who were not involved in the research, made some remarks on the findings.

Buczkowski said, “We lose baits all the time.”  He expanded by saying that the bug industry has to keep up with the evolution of these bugs in order to maintain the effectiveness of their products. New poisons are constantly developed, because cockroaches and other pests become resistant to the poison, just as bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

The findings now explain that it wasn’t an ineffective poison, or that the roaches developed immunity to it. The cockroaches simply changed their genetic make-up and lost the attraction to glucose. Now some roaches are passing off this gene and evolving into some sort of super roach.

Walter S. Leal says, “Sometimes the science is beautiful but you don’t know whether there is going to be an application five years from now, 10 years from now or 100 years.”

These results seem to be well on their way to helping the pest control industry and mankind in general to keep a leg up on the evolving cockroach.

Roach Control Company

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.

(Viral Video) Roaches Steal Your Food

Roach On CrackerThere’s no question that cockroaches are one of the most disgusting pests out there. Scurrying into our homes through the smallest of cracks in the cover of darkness; roaches hide inside our walls and cupboards, eating our food.

Eating our food???

Yes, you heard me right! If you have cockroaches in your home, you are sharing your food with them. Roaches will eat just about anything organic; even fingernail clippings, human hair, and not only Fido’s food, but his droppings as well. Yuck!!!

While these repulsive bugs will eat just about anything, their favorite foods happen to be sugary and starchy in nature… Like donuts!!!

Watch as this pesky cockroach steals a donut for himself:

It get’s worse! Once roaches eat your food, they spit it up, and then indulge once more. Any food in your kitchen, that is not properly sealed, is susceptible; and will likely be an easy meal for a family of cockroaches.

What’s that? You don’t mind sharing!?!

Keep in mind that cockroaches are known for spreading diseases by transporting microbes on their bodies. In addition to polio, typhoid fever, leprosy, bubonic plaque, and over 40 different types of bacteria; cockroaches have also been shown to cause allergic reactions in humans, and are linked to asthma.

You definitely don’t want to share your food with cockroaches. Don’t let cockroaches steal your donuts, get professional roach control today!

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Pest Control: Weekly Links Round-Up

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Smokybrown Cockroach (Matsudo, Chiba, Japan)
Smokybrown Cockroach (Photo credit: t-mizo)

Pest Of The Week: The Smokybrown Cockroach

Most of us in the United States who are dealing with cockroach infestations are battling American Cockroaches. If you life in a Gulf Coast state like Texas, Mississippi, Florida, or Louisiana, you make be confusing your American cockroach infestation for that of a Smokybrown cockroach. Both of these roaches look very similar. Both roaches are a dark brown color with a shiny abdomen/thorax, but the Smokybrown cockroach has light-rimmed pattern on its thorax.

The wings of the Smokybrown cockroach extend past the roach’s abdomen, and they can reach lengths of just over an inch. The “smokies” love very damp and dark areas, and hate cold weather. They will rapid lose moisture and die when exposed to the elements. Look for these roaches around the concealed perimeters of your home, and under mulch, lawn clippings, or leaves in which they eat. They really become a problem when they enter our homes during the winter months looking for refuge from the cold.

Halloween Roach Bits: Tricky Roaches Are No Treat

Trick or Treat kids in costumesThis Halloween, as you’re carving your jack-o-lanterns, watching your scary movies and handing out bowls of trick-or-treat candy to all of those superheroes, princesses, ghosts and goblins that come ringing your doorbell; be on the look-out for Halloween intruders!

Watch the horror unfold as one of these Halloween intruders is caught red handed:

Halloween Roach Bits: Tricky Roaches Are No Treat



Cockroaches are notorious consumers of anything sweet or starchy; and all of your Halloween favorites fall into this category. Your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, your fun size Snickers bars, and your miniature Hershey’s bars are all vulnerable.

This Halloween, don’t share your trick-or-treat candy with cockroaches! Get professional roach control!

Happy Halloween



All of us here at Blog Pest Control and Bulwark Exterminating wish you all a very safe and Happy Halloween! May your Halloween be cockroach free!

Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control Links

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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.

PestWorld 2013 Day 2

PestWorld 2013 Jordan Belfort

Day two of PestWorld 2013 (October 23, 2013) got off to an enthusiastic start as the 3,300 attendees got the privilege to hear from Jordan Belfort, “the Wolf of Wall Street.” After his remarks all of us pest professionals spent the rest of the morning checking out the pest management exhibits in the exhibit hall, while we mingled and networked with pest management professionals from all over the world. The afternoon was spent sitting in on some concurrent educational sessions, learning about some of the latest pests and pest technologies. During these sessions, much emphasis was also placed on PMP marketing, business management, and industry related training.

Here are a few of the highlights from day two at PestWorld 2013:

Opening General Session: Jordan Belfort “The Wolf of Wall Street.”


Jordan Belfort at PestWorld 2013

Day two of PestWorld 2013 was kicked of by “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort, sharing his interesting story; his rise and fall and rise again. As one of the most successful and dynamic sales guys in the history of Wall Street, Jordan was earning $50 million a year selling $5-$6 stocks to the wealthiest 1% in the country. During the peak of his success, Jordan fell into some of the pitfalls that super successful lifestyle. He found himself on some 22 different drugs, and in jail with Tommy Chong of all people, before he had a moment of clarity and turned his life around. Through this rise and fall, Jordan learned a few things along the way. Here are just a few points he touched on:

“Success in the absence of ethics and integrity is failure!”

  • You can change your life story by not succumbing to a negative situation.
  • If you have a vision, goals, and are driven toward something, you’re happy no matter where you are in life.
  • Our success or lack there-of, can come from our inner-world skills. Our belief systems, or the things in our head, lead us to success.
  • There’s always going to be stuff to trip us up.
  • Be visionary. Focus on visions, not just goal setting. Gravitate to other people with vision.
  • To get on top and stay there, you must continue learning
  • It’s hard to turn non-buyers into buyers. It’s easier to get existing buyers to flip.
  • Reciprocity is a powerful marketing tool
  • Linear concepts are easier for customers, and all of us to grasp.
  • Failure= not managing your growth

3 Things For Success

1. Have a vision for the future

2. Have the ability to share your vision. Make it known to others and empower them to take action.

3. Give more value than you look to receive. Monetize this value. Money and success is a byproduct of value.

The Wolf Of Wall Street Movie Trailer


PestWorld Educational Sessions


There were 24 different educational sessions to choose from today; everything from hiring/training PMP’s, to bedbug progress, to risks and rewards of pest control technologies. I had the opportunity to personally sit in on these three educational sessions.

Tramp Ants: What New or Exotic Ants Are Coming To Your Area

Dr. Laurel Hansen, from Spokane, WA, presented on Tramp ants. Tramp ants are introduced, exotic, invasive, and alien. They have made their way into urban environments from territories around the world. They are transported by us, usually by accident. Here are a few of the ants popping up in new territories around the world:

Tramp Ants: These Ants Get Around

Ponerine ants- From Africa and Central Asia, now worldwide. They sting! Nest under concrete slabs. Winged females are problems, leaving colonies, mating and stinging. Difficult to control.

Odorous House ants- is a tramp ant because they’re moving across the country. Now #1 most invasive ant, overtaking carpenter ant. Gel baits work best for these ants.

Velvety Tree ant- Similar to odorous house ant, but bigger. Moving from forested areas into structures. Very serious problem.

Pavement  ants- Stinging ants hiding under concrete slabs. Move around a lot.

Ghost ants- liquid baits, showing up in shopping mall atriums even in cold weather climates

White footed ants- found in Florida, SE United States, California, and Hawaii. Liquid baits to treat as well.

Pharaoh ants- Comes from Africa, and might be biggest tramp of them all.

What Would A World Without PMP’s Look Like?

  • Dr. Faith Oi of the University of Florida offered some insights on what our future would look like without pest control. Here are a few quick points I took away from her very in depth and historical presentation:
  • U.S. has ability to export food to poverty stricken countries. Pest control protects this food. Our food exports also affect our economic stability and GDP.
  • Malaria caused 289 million cases and 836,000 deaths in 2010. 90 percent come from areas without pest control. U.S. has very low rates because of pest control and medical technology.
  • 80 percent of diseases are spread by pests. Example: Typhus, Yellow Fever, Plaque which is spread by pests like rats, mosquitoes, and fleas, may have killed billions more victims.
  • Found this fact interesting: If we had pest control in early 1800’s, we wouldn’t have 1/3 of the U.S. Yellow Fever wiped out populations in Haiti, causing Napoleon to sell land known as Louisiana Purchase for $13 million.

German Cockroach Management: How Your Application Methods Can improve Your Speed and Efficacy

german cockroaches

Dr. Dini Miller of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University presented a very elaborate and detailed guide on some of the most effective ways to combat German roaches. In this strategy, it’s crucial to start your baiting program in January if at all possible (tricky I know), and bait highly infested communities with a lot of bait fast. I will likely dedicate a separate blog post to this method and technique in the near future; so stay tuned!

Stay Tuned

Check back tomorrow for our highlights from day three of PestWorld 2013 in Phoenix, AZ.


Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control News

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Huntsman SpiderPest Of The Week: The Huntsman Spider

They come in many names. Wood spiders. Cane spiders. Giant Crab spiders. Some people even confuse them for small tarantulas.

Huntsman spiders are big, brown and hairy. The way their legs come off their bodies, and the way they move sideways, is much like a crab… Hence the name Giant Crab spider.

Huntsman spiders are found throughout all of the United States, and varieties are common throughout much of the world. They like woody places, like forests and wood piles, and are most often found hiding under rocks and tree bark.

Huntsman spiders garner their name because they are hunters; hunting insects like crickets and cockroaches. It’s because of this, they are considered to be very beneficial.

Huntsman spiders are not generally regarded as a serious pest control problem, although they will occasionally wander inside your home. They are more frightening in appearance than anything; given their size. The do inflict defensive bites, but these bites are not hazardous to the bite victim.

My Cockroaches Are Worth How Much?!


They’re nasty! They scuttle along your kitchen counters and cupboards, only to dart off into deepest cracks and crevices of your home as soon as you flip on the lights. They multiply like crazy; and before long you’re overrun with them. I’m referring, of course, to cockroaches!

But I bet you didn’t know that your roaches could be a blessing in disguise?

If your home is swarming with cockroaches, turn your misery into your next business venture! Ground-up cockroach powder is selling for top dollar in China!

Cockroaches Are Worth How Much?

Ground-up cockroach powder is selling for top dollar in China, fetching prices as high as 1200 Yuan per kilo or approximately $90 a pound!

The cockroach powder is used in conjunction with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and is claimed to cure several different diseases.

Currently there is a massive demand for these cockroach pests. In fact, pulverized cockroach powder is in such short supply, the price of cockroaches is expected to double within the next year. About 1,000 tons of cockroach powder is currently available every year, but the demands are estimated to be well over 3,000 tons. This has lead to widespread cockroach farms through-out China and other parts of Asia.

Cockroach Benefits Per Traditional Chinese Medicine


Roach medicine

According to practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC), cockroaches that have been ground into a powder are excellent at treating several ailments. Some of these ailments include:

  • Bone Tuberculosis
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cirrhosis
  • Spleen and liver swelling
  • Anti-aging effects

Becoming A Roach Entrepreneur

Think you have the stomach to be surrounded by millions of creepy-crawly roaches all day– I have the career for you! With just a handful of roach larvae, and the appropriate roach housing, food and water, you can become a cockroach rancher!

You can start off small, but before long you’ll have roaches coming out of your ears! One pair of mating cockroaches can yield well over 10 Million baby cockroaches!

Raising the cockroaches is the easy part; it’s drying them up and grinding them into a powder that it congruent with TCM that is a little trickier. It’s an industry secret.

Want in on this industry secret… Well, you’re in luck. For a mere $58.81 U.S. Dollars (360 Chinese Yuan) you can order the complete 24 volume e-book, three illustrated guides, and seven DVD collection that offers all of the ins and outs of insect ranching!

roach breeding dvd

Get started here:

Fair warning though… Your neighbors may not be very happy with your new career choice, as cockroach escapees are common place in the industry. Your neighbors homes may have a few of your roaches wander into their home.



cockroach eating

One of the hardiest pests found in the world, is the cockroach. These pests have been around for millions of years; and are so hardy, that some have even predicted that they will survive the apocalypse. This hardiness has developed through years of evolution; evolving to the point where roaches are even becoming resistant to common pesticides. In order to eliminate and control serious roach infestations, a roach control professional, who is up-to-date on all the newest roach control methods, is needed… Unless you’re interested in becoming a cockroach entrepreneur.


Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control Articles

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German RoachPest Of The Week: The German Cockroach

Of all the species of cockroach found in the United States, the German cockroach just might be the most common. These roaches measure a little smaller than other cockroach species; about ½ inch in length. They are sometimes confused for Asian cockroaches, because of their similar appearance and presence of wings; but unlike their cockroach cousin, German roaches very rarely fly.

These dark brown colored German roaches enter our homes because they are not very tolerant of the weather. They are also always on the lookout for sources of food, including: sweets, starches, proteins, glue, soap, trash, and even toothpaste. Look for German cockroaches in your kitchens and bathrooms, as they like moisture as well. They will quickly dart away if you turn on the lights, as these roaches prefer the cloak of darkness.

Professional roach control treatments are needed to exterminate serious German cockroach infestations.