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Cockroach Elimination in the Lexington Area

If you’ve ever forced yourself to overcome a roach infestation by yourself, you know you’ll do anything it takes to get rid of roaches. Learn cockroach infestation facts to help you get rid of them and dispel your biggest concerns, and learn best practices to identify their hiding locations and eliminate them from your Lexington area home.

Cockroaches in Lexington

Cockroach Species Commonly Found in the United States

These species originally evolved in tropical and subtropical regions. However, they have found a way to live in drier, hotter climates as well, and your Lexington area home is the prime location to find food and shelter. Here are some details to help to identify roaches commonly found in your area.

  • American Cockroach | Periplaneta americana
    With their one- to 1.5-inch long, flat bodies, these reddish-brown or brown critters are the most infamous of all roach species. These nuisance pests lay as many as 16 eggs in a casing called ootheca. This species can be found throughout the world.
  • Australian Cockroach | Periplaneta australasiae
    These are usually found in tropical or subtropical regions and are almost identical to American roaches, except for their smaller size and the yellow stripe found on the front part of each wing. These roaches produce egg cases that carry 22-24 eggs each.
  • German Cockroach | Blattella germanica
    German roaches are the smallest of all these species, found in most parts of the world, and are perfectly adapted to residential environments. They range in size from 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, range in color from light, yellowish-brown to plain brown, and lay light-colored ootheca with 40 eggs in each.
  • Brown-banded cockroach | Supella longipalpa
    This species can be found throughout the world. True to its name, it has yellow and brown bands along its pronotum. They grow to be about half an inch long and produce ootheca casings with about 16 eggs each.
  • Oriental Cockroach | Blatta orientalis
    This cockroach is best adapted to cool, temperate regions, but can be found throughout the cooler locations in the South. They have a blackish color, grow to be approximately one inch long, and produce ootheca with about 17 eggs each.

Lives of Roaches

    Roaches must survive from its egg stage and through six nymph substages to grow to adulthood. They shed their exoskeleton between each of the six substages to accommodate their growth, a process classified as molting. Having attained adulthood, some roach species live 1-2 years or longer, depending on the conditions.

    If conditions are favorable, roach populations can reach large numbers at an exponential growth rate. Overpopulation of a specific area will force migration, which cockroaches do by spreading and utilizing their well-developed wings. Otherwise, all roach species confine themselves to skittering along the ground.

Roach Consumption

    Common food sources Cockroaches prefer the same food sources as humans, particularly starchy and sugary foods. Common food sources include dairy products like milk and cheese, grain products like bread and pastries, table sugar, or sweets such as chocolate.

    Less common but equally edible roach food sources include glues used in a number of products and others used in residential construction, which includes cardboard, book bindings, ceiling boards, and glue-containing clothing products like shoes. They also consume other dead or incapacitated roaches, blood, human waste, sputum from the sick, and soft or weakened fingernails.

Undesirable Roach Effects

Cockroaches are most likely to cause problems for humans by carrying parasitic worm eggs on their bodies while they explore sewage or other unpleasant areas, or from the allergens produced from their feces, molts, or smelly excretions. They may not be prime carriers of the following diseases, but they are proven to spread and keep an infectious disease going.

  • Dysentery
  • Diarrhea
  • Cholera
  • Leprosy
  • Typhoid fever
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Other viral diseases

Control Cockroaches with Everyday Methods

You’ll Know You’ve Got Roaches If You ...

  • Find egg cases
  • Discover molts
  • See feces, which look like black pepper stuck to a surface
  • Can smell their nauseating, musty smell they produce. The stronger the smell, the more of them are there
  • See one running around. Roaches keep out of sight extremely well, so if you see one, you’ll know you have an extreme infestation

Infestation Locations

Use a flashlight to look into the cracks and crevices of the following areas. Remember to keep yourself safe with proper personal protection equipment, including a face mask and gloves. If you find evidence of roach activity, don’t panic, but take action right away to curtail the spread of infection and the promulgation of a larger population. Use silicone caulk to seal the cracks, gaps, and crevices you find.

  • Kitchen and food prep areas, the underside tables and chairs, in, around, behind, and under appliances, including stoves or ovens, refrigerators, toasters or toaster ovens, microwaves, and blenders or other mixers.

  • Inside, under, and around cupboards and cabinets for utilities or used to contain food. Pay particular attention to cupboards or cabinets used for water drain or water pipe access, as these are prime locations for roach water sources, especially if there is a leak somewhere.

  • Air ducts and air return vents, inside and around drawers, shelves, dressers, wardrobes, etc.

Household Remedies

Some pest control products that you can buy don’t work to kill roaches because they have grown resistant to household pesticides. Here are some things that have worked for homeowners in the past:

  • Bait Stations | Gel Bait
    Since roaches seek for food, there are roach killer kits you can buy with products they will eat. These are often slow-acting in order to prevent roaches from discovering its poisonous purpose and avoiding it. Place them in the areas listed above.
  • Boric acid
    This product is commonly found in household items and is highly poisonous to cockroaches. Purchase this acid from your local department store and spread it in identified infestation areas.
  • Regular Home Washing
    Don’t believe the rumor that a dirty home will attract roaches because the major roach attractants are food and warm shelter, not grime and filth. However, a regular cleaning regimen will reduce the likelihood that roaches will find a place to hide and will, therefore, be less likely to stay in your home. Purchase an automatic vacuum that can run at night when they are most active to discourage them from scavenging.
  • Seal your home
    Find cracks and crevices in the areas mentioned above and use silicone caulk to seal them from roach activity. Roaches are adept at crawling through even the tightest spaces, so no gap is too small, nor is any crack too narrow.

Get Rid of Cockroaches Long-term

Maybe you’re a homeowner with an ongoing roach problem, or maybe you’ve tried all these things and haven’t managed to solve the problem entirely. Whatever your situation, Fox Pest Control has friendly, professional, and highly trained technicians with the expertise and knowledge at your disposal. Our high-grade, top-of-the-line products will fight against roaches so that you don’t have to, so call today for a free quote on a Home Protection Plan that meets your unique needs.

Posted on December 14, 2019.

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