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.

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 hope you Loyal readers of my “dog-blog”, What’s Buggin’ You?, have been enjoying my series on cockroaches native to our geographical region. This is the 5th installment (counting the introduction to roaches blog) of the 6 part series. Next week’s blog will be about the Brown Bandit Roach. Nice name huh? This blog will give you all you need to know about a bug most of you have seen many times during your lifetime, but never knew what the heck it is. This little bugger is the Wood Roach.

The wood roach is often thought to be the cousin of the American roach. Wood roaches eat decaying organic matter and are attracted to light, whereas most roaches run from light. This fact is the reason I know most of you have seen them and do not know what they are. Question? Have you ever come home at night during the spring and early summer months where your entry door is very well lit with a relatively high wattage white light bulb? I’m sure you have spent a few moments unlocking your door while there is a ridiculously large mob seen of insects and bugs of all kinds attracted to the light. You’re familiar with the moths, as well as, the ones that look like very large mosquitoes (it seems like every time you enter the house, one or two of those buggers sneak in and soon hang around your kitchen ceiling light); well, the ones that are a bit larger, brownish in color, beating their wings all to heck, smacking you on your face and head, creeping you out because you think a few have got to be flying down your shirt collar; these little nasty pests are Wood roaches. Now you know!

I hope all of you Loyal “dog-blog” fans have been enjoying my series on; Cockroaches Common to our Central Virginia Region. Just kidding; enjoying may be the wrong choice of words; cockroaches are far from sexy creatures. Interested readers may be the correct term in that, if you understand and recognize a cockroach when you see it, by reading my blogs, you will remember the traits and habits of each and know how to handle the situation based on the cockroach species you are dealing with.

Last week you learned about the Wood Roach and their preference to stay outdoors and consume organic matter from wood and plants; where the American, German, and Oriental love to be inside your home in a damp environment, feeding on just about anything that is available. This cockroach blog will be the final in this series; it is focused on the Brown-Banded 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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