Three of the most common types of roaches found in Colorado
Cockroaches are a type of pest that no one wants to have invade their home or business. They have been around since the dinosaurs, are very resilient and difficult to get rid of. There are about 4,500 species of cockroaches living throughout the world but here in Colorado these are three types that infest properties.
American cockroaches are reddish-brown to mahogany colored and are identified by a distinctive yellow band behind their heads.
They are a large species of cockroach capable of flight.
American roaches are most often found living in basements and bathrooms.
These cockroaches are light tan to brown in color and even though they have fully developed wings they do not fly.
They are most often identified by the dark parallel lines that run from the back of their heads to their wings.
These cockroaches are often found invading kitchens and bathrooms since they prefer a moist living environment.
The coloring of Oriental roaches is shiny black to dark reddish-brown. While females do not have wings, they do have large wing pads. Unlike their female counterparts, males have shortened, three-quarter-length wings.
These large roaches are unable to fly.
This species is most often found living outdoors but can be found in bathrooms, wet basements, crawl spaces, and under porches.
When are cockroaches most active?
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches can bite but typically don’t. They are considered to dangerous for another reason, and that’s because they stop by sewers, dumpsters, trash cans, and garbage disposals (along with other suspect areas) before making their way into homes and businesses.
Because they pick up dangerous bacteria including Salmonella on their legs, they may introduce health hazards including vomiting, fever, and diarrhea.
Their feces and shed skins may also cause serious asthma attack in people and especially in young children and the elderly.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
In most cases (but not all) cockroach infestations are a result of poor sanitation practices. Food items that are left out or not cleaned up from floors, trash areas, etc. are a great food source. In multi-unit dwellings, cockroaches can migrate from an infested unit to other units in the building.
How do you get rid of cockroaches?
That’s a great question and we have the answer- give us a shout! Our Colorado pest control professionals have the tools, knowledge and experience to address cockroach infestations. We offer two pest control plans for roach control. Our Colorado’s Choice is tailored for residential properties while our Colorado’s Select combats pest infestations in commercial facilities.
Is the treatment for cockroaches safe?
EnviroPest uses the least amount of material as possible while still resolving the problem. We utilize natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of cockroach treatment whenever possible.
When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people or pets. All products are registered by the EPA. Our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken.
How soon can you get here?
We take cockroach issues very seriously and are committed to helping as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
How much does cockroach control cost and is there a warranty for the service?
The cost of service depends on the level of infestation, amount of clutter and other time consuming factors. Request a free estimate here or give us a call!
Warranty varies due to the severity and possibility of control. Your service technician will discuss this with you before service.
How can I prevent a roach problem in the future?
Proper sanitation is critical when it comes to preventing cockroaches in both homes and businesses. Here are a few tips to prevent cockroach infestations:
- Fix any moisture issues including leaking pipes or appliances, poor ventilation and high humidity areas.
- Pay close attention to your waste. Trash cans should be covered with tight fitting lids. Do not let dumpsters become surrounded by crates, boxes and trash.
- Food storage is important! Don’t leave food out on counters but rather store appropriately.
- Inspect bags, boxes and packages for signs of cockroaches before bringing them into your home or business.
- Make sure to seal cracks and crevices that are found in your home’s foundation, siding, and around exterior windows and doors.
- Keep tight fitting lids on your outdoor trash cans and store them away from the exterior of your home.
- Build garden and compost areas a good distance away from your home.
- Fix any water leaks both inside and outside of the dwelling. This includes leaky appliances and pipes.
- Correct moisture issues by running a dehumidifier or fixing any ventilation problems.
- Do not store food out in the open (including on your counters).
- Clean up spills and crumbs as soon as they occur.
- Regularly remove trash from your home.
- Do not let dishes stack up in the sink for any length of time and especially not overnight.
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