Welcome back Loyal "dog-blog" fans. This is Hunter, Loyal Termite and Pest Control's termite sniffing K-9 detective; ready to continue my quest to educate all my readers about the cockroach species' most common to our central Virginia region. In Part #1, I featured the American Cockroach, Part #2 was the German Cockroach; now here in Part #3 it will be the Oriental Cockroach.

In the U.S. the Oriental Cockroach is sometimes referred to as the "black beetle" because of its dark oily black color. They are ¾" to 1" long. At first glace it appears wingless; however it does have wings but cannot fly. Instead they use their 6 legs to scuttle around.
Unlike German cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches cannot climb up vertical surfaces. Both have long thread-like antennae that they use to sense food.

A female Oriental cockroach produces 6 egg capsules during her lifetime, each of which will hold 16 individual eggs. She leaves the egg capsules near a food source and they hatch in 12 weeks. They hit sexual maturity after molting between 7 to 10 times over the course of five to nine months.

I know that you faithful "dog-blog" fans have been anxiously waiting for part #2 of this cockroach series. Well wait no longer! As you know, Part #1 concentrated on one of the five most common cockroach species found in our geographical region; the American Cockroach. In this Part #2 blog, of the 5-part blog series; I will focus on what is statistically classified as the #1 pest in American homes; the German Cockroach.

You know what they say, "a cockroach is a cockroach is a cockroach". With approximately 4000 species worldwide, what will separate one from the other are generally size, color, and subtle characteristics exclusive to that particular species. One thing for sure; they are all scavengers. You name it and they'll eat it; more on that later.

The German Cockroach is light brown or tan in color. Its size is ¼ inch to 5/8 inches long. They have dark lengthwise stripes on their head. Like other species, German cockroaches are fully-winged but rarely fly. They are most active at night, so unless you know what to look for, you may not even know that you have them! A pair of German cockroaches can produce 10,000 offspring in a year and infestations are often worse in the summer months. They love a hot and humid environment, such as a kitchen.

american cockroachI can't believe I've been writing my Loyal Termite and Pest Control "dog-blog" for over a year now; and have not once featured, in detail, America's number #1 pest, Cockroaches. Last week I did introduce this series by talking about cockroaches in general; however, now I'll be getting into some specifics. As you already know (I hope) this is Hunter, Loyal's exclusive K-9 termite detective and blog writer, welcoming you back for another round of interesting pest control facts.

Earliest cockroach fossils date back as far as 300 million years ago. It is sometimes said that cockroaches will "inherit the earth" after humanity destroys itself. To say that this bug is a survivor is an understatement. They can hold their breath for up to 45 minutes, go without food for up to a month, and has the ability to slow down its heart rate. They also have a very high resistance to radiation; 6 to 15 times higher than man. Strangely, they can even live over a week without their head! Now that's amazing.

There are approximately 4,000 different species worldwide with 50 to 60 species thriving in the United States. There are 5 species that are most common to our central Virginia region. They are the American cockroach, the German cockroach, the Oriental cockroach, the Wood cockroach and the Brown Bandit Cockroach. As for this blog, I am concentrating on the particular characteristics and facts about the American Cockroach.

COCKROACHESHi there Loyal friends and “dog-blog” fans. Hunter here, back again, to bark about the wonderful world of household pests. Today, the focus is on “cockroaches”. In the following few blogs coming up; I’m going to get roach specific about the cockroach species most common in our region. The kinds we, at Loyal Termite and Pest Control, send our dedicated technicians out daily to eradicate from our Loyal client’s, living or working environments.

For now, let me just babble, in general, about these remarkable but butt-ugly, pre-historic creatures. Cockroaches are more than just a household nuisance; they are also a significant danger in the home. We at Loyal, warn that cockroaches can pose a health threat to humans by spreading many different types of bacteria that can cause asthma and allergy symptoms, especially in children. Not good!

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Hello folks; I hope you are all doing well. I don't know about you, but I'm getting puppy happy that spring is right around the corner. With the change of weather comes playing in the parks, chasing sticks and my favorite balls, and messing up as many Frisbee's as Daddy Nick and MaMa Gena will buy me. With the temperatures slowly rising across the country; so does the bug and insect activity.

In areas where termite activity is as predicable as moving the clocks forward an hour in March, so will the potential for termite swarms. To refresh your memory, the first sign of termite activity each season is the appearance of termite swarmers. These are reproductive termites with wings; who's sole purpose in life is to mate and begin a new termite colony. We, at Loyal Termite and Pest Control, encourage homeowners to take proactive steps to protect their homes from the aggressive pest species appearing in the coming months.

"Termites eat wood around the clock, so they can cause significant damage to the structure of a home in a relatively short period of time," says Nick Lupini, my Daddy and President of Loyal Company. "As a result, it's important for homeowners to perform yearly inspections and routine maintenance to help stave off a potential termite infestation."

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