Types of Roaches
While there are about 4000 species of cockroaches in the world there are only a few that will commonly be found in homes here in Virginia Highlands. The German Cockroach is 13-16mm long and is brown. It is the fastest producing roach. The American Cockroach is dark reddish-brown and can be as long as 53mm. This species can fly and can live up to two years.. The Brown Banded Cockroach is about 13mm long and only the males can fly but they can all jump. Finally, the Oriental Cockroach is dark brown and shiny, ranging from 25-32mm and they can not fly. If done incorrectly, controlling these pests can be quite challenging and most people do not control them well without professional help. They breed very fast and hide very well so getting to the source of the problem is like racing against a clock as more and more are produced. They are usually nocturnal so the few you can see are just a small fraction of the population in your home. They love dark places like behind your kitchen appliances, under the sink, under countertops and even behind wallpaper. Calling in a professional is the best way to find where they are hiding and exterminate them quickly. You may need to have repeat treatments to fully rid your home of roaches and keep them out.