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Today, the world is home to roughly 4,000 known cockroach species. Although all of them are problematic, some are worse than others. You’ll find that some species enter and reproduce in residential dwellings, but others do not. It is important to learn more about the species in your home so you’ll know what is going on, why they’re in your home, and how to eradicate them. Each species is unique in many ways. For instance, some are attracted to sewer systems. Others want to sneak into your home and consume your leftovers.
Below, the most common cockroach species in Cleveland will be explored in greater depth.
Cockroach Species In Cleveland
Living in Cleveland means that you’ll likely encounter American and German cockroaches at some point. However, you may run into other cockroaches as well.
German cockroaches range in size from half an inch to 5/8ths of an inch. These cockroaches are tan or light brown, and they have racing stripes on their head. These cockroaches will flip your life upside down because they can reproduce rapidly. Once they’ve infiltrated your home, they’ll reproduce swiftly. A female German cockroach can produce as many as 40 eggs per case. During her life, she’ll produce roughly 5 egg capsules. Although they can hide throughout the home, most of them will be found under ovens, dishwashers, and other warm appliances.
American cockroaches are much bigger so you won’t be able to ignore their presence. These cockroaches sometimes reach two inches. They’re reddish-brown with a dark spot on their head plate. The American cockroach is one of the largest cockroach species you’ll encounter. Plus, they live a long time. It takes them a few years to mature, and they can live a year after that. It takes them a long time to infest a dwelling. However, they prefer staying close to steam tunnels and sewer systems. They like warmer environments. When homeowners find American cockroaches on their property, they should search the home for broken sewer pipes.
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches
One thing that stands out about Pennsylvania wood cockroaches is that females and males look remarkably different. Males can grow up to an inch in length and they have full wings. As for female Pennsylvania wood cockroaches, they only reach three-quarters of an inch and have shorter wings. These cockroaches originate from the eastern portion of the United States. You’ll likely find them around Cleveland. Nevertheless, Pennsylvania wood cockroaches aren’t common pests. They will not reproduce in your dwelling. They stay outside because they’re attracted to wood shingles, woodpiles, and blocked gutters.
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches are smaller than other species since they only reach a third of an inch. They’re light tan but have dark spots. These cockroaches are native to Europe. They entered North America in the middle of the 1900s and have expanded rapidly since then. Today, these cockroaches can be found across the country, including in Ohio and Michigan. They don’t reproduce inside, but they will enter from time to time.
Oriental cockroaches are large. Many of them will grow over an inch. They’re dark. Most of them are black but some are dark brown. Female oriental cockroaches do not develop wings. Male members of this species will develop wings that cover 3/4ths of their bodies. They can infest older buildings. However, they prefer sticking close to sewer systems. Another thing to note is that these cockroaches can tolerate cold weather. You may find them outside near your garbage cans.
Smokey Brown Cockroaches
Smokey brown cockroaches are large as well. They grow over an inch and are reddish-brown. These cockroaches prefer warm weather so they tend to stay in the southern portion of the United States. However, they can sometimes be found in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and surrounding states. If they arrive in your area, there is a chance that they came in a shipping container.
Surinam cockroaches are always female. You cannot find male Surinam cockroaches because there aren’t any. These cockroaches grow up to three-quarters of an inch. They’re light tan with a dark plate on their head. Surinam cockroaches don’t travel north because they prefer warm environments. If you find them in Cleveland, they’ll be hidden in warm buildings such as greenhouses. The female cockroaches hold egg cases and give live birth.
Brown-banded cockroaches are small with most rarely reaching half an inch. They’re light brown or tan, and they’re often mistaken for German cockroaches. Cleveland residents rarely encounter brown-banded cockroaches.
Why You Have Cockroaches
Why are cockroaches invading your home? You can’t find out why this is happening until you identify the cockroach species. Some cockroaches are going to invade your home because they’re searching for food. Other cockroach species are searching for something else. For instance, they could be attracted to busted sewer pipes near your home. Remember that cockroaches can breed prolifically so don’t ignore the problem.
Are cockroaches dangerous? Unfortunately, they are. Cockroaches are one of the most dangerous pests you will encounter. Just remember that the danger depends on the size of the infestation. If your home has thousands of cockroaches, you have a big problem and the risks are immense. You’ll have to worry about cockroaches transmitting diseases to you and your loved ones. These pests are indeed dangerous. They can transmit serious illnesses such as salmonella. Furthermore, they can intensify asthma symptoms.
Cleveland residents need to wipe out their cockroach infestations as quickly as possible. It is pertinent to find out what the cockroaches are looking for in your home. Are they searching for food or broken sewer pipes? Once you’ve found out, you’ll know what you need to do to fix the problem. For instance, you may need to clean your home more extensively. Doing so could wipe out the infestation since the pests won’t be able to find food to consume. You can try using DIY methods, but this might not be a good idea. The problem is that do-it-yourself products aren’t always safe or reliable.
To effectively eliminate the problem and keep yourself safe, it is best to call a professional exterminator. Our company uses safe solutions and follows strict protocols. We do this to ensure that you’re going to be protected every step of the way.
When Can You Get Rid Of The Cockroaches?
We know that you want to remove the pests from your home rapidly. Call our office to set up an appointment right now. Someone will call you back within 48 hours.
Our Exterminators Offer Safe Cockroach Treatments
Our company has been eliminating cockroaches for many years. We feel it is pertinent to keep our clients safe. We’ve searched extensively to find safer solutions to this problem. When possible, we’re going to remove the pests using non-toxic materials. However, we may need to use insecticides. Don’t worry. We only use EPA-registered products because we want to protect you and your loved ones. The products we use are generally safe around people and pets. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Stopping Cockroaches In The Future
Eliminating a cockroach problem will be hard. Keeping them out of your home isn’t easy either. Still, there are things you can do to stop cockroaches from entering your home. For starters, you need to clean your home daily. Take your garbage bags out often to ensure that cockroaches don’t have a reason to enter your home. You’ll also want to pay close attention to your yard. Make sure that your sewer pipes are in excellent condition. Just remember that cockroaches may enter your home at some point. When this happens, you’ll want to call our office.