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Cockroach
Apex Pest and Lawn is your Professional Cockroaches Exterminators along the Wasatch Front.

Cockroach problems are entirely controllable under professional care. Our treatment goal is to stop a problem at its source so it doesn’t keep coming back. Using state-of-the art equipment and methods, our licensed exterminators will inspect your home’s environment and construction to identify the problem and determine the best course of action. Contact us today!

Why you have Cockroaches:

Roaches enter buildings in search of food and water or they may be transported in packaging or garments. Once in they multiply quickly, so you have to be very careful not to offer food and water. You should also be sure to avoid allowing the roaches to find a point of entry into your home. Keeping your home clean, free of standing water, food, and even crumbs will help prevent the welcoming of these dirty insects.

General Facts:

While cockroaches do not bite and are not poisonous, they can pick up disease-causing organisms either in their guts or simply on their body parts and legs. Subsequently the germs can be deposited on kitchen surface areas, utensils, and food items. Cockroaches have been known pick up Salmonella bacteria on their legs and later deposit them on foods, thus causing food poisoning. House dust containing cockroach feces and body parts can trigger allergic reactions and asthma in certain individuals. They are frequently found in restaurants, grocery stores, and bakeries and are also associated with commercial kitchens, boiler rooms, sewers, and steam tunnels. Cockroaches leave chemical trails in their feces as well as emitting airborne pheromones for swarming and mating. Other cockroaches will follow these trails to discover sources of food and water, and also discover where other cockroaches are hiding.

Common Roach Types:

American Cockroach

The American largest species of common cockroach, and they are reddish brown and range in size from 1½ to 2 inches in length. This insect can travel quickly, often darting out of sight when someone enters a room, and can fit into small cracks and under doors despite its fairly large size. This roach is a scavenger that feeds on decaying organic matter and a variety of other foods. It is particularly fond of fermenting foods.

Brown Banded Cockroach

Brown Banded cockroaches are about 1/2 inch long and light brown, with fully developed wings . The adult males can fly. These roaches prefer warm and dry locations, such as near refrigerator motor housings, on the upper walls of cabinets, and inside pantries, and closets. They can feed on any plant or animal based material and have been known to feed on the bindings of old books, draperies, and even wallpaper. The use of residual insecticidal sprays or aerosol foggers within a structure is ineffective in controlling these roaches. In fact, these applications disperse the cockroaches making control more difficult.

German Cockroach

German Cockroaches are medium brown and approximately 1/2 ” long and they reproduce very fast; making control difficult. They are mostly active at night, as they forage for food, water, and mates. During the day they hide in cracks, crevices, and other dark places that can provide a warm and humid environment. They easily move in and out of narrow openings with their relatively wide, flat bodies. They may be seen in daylight if there is a heavy infestation or it there is a lack of food, water, or a recent application of pesticide. This type of cockroach can emit an unpleasant odor when excited or frightened.

Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental cockroach, is also known as the water bug and is typically about 1 ¼ inches long, and is easy to identify because it does not move as quickly as other roaches. This is not a type of cockroach that will generally be seen on countertops and walls, though it is not impossible. This type of roach likes very moist, damp areas such as basements, washing machines, drains, areas around leaking pipes, sewage lines, and crawl spaces. The waterbug cockroach is known for its unpleasant smell and ability to rot food with its saliva.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

The Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach is about ¾ to 1 inch long. This roach can gain entry to structures through cracks and gaps, but rarely breeds indoors, its usually carried indoors with firewood (they are usually nesting just under the bark). The male, who is attracted to light, may fly indoors at night. The female cannot fly, and does not tend to congregate around light.