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More than 4,000 known cockroach species roam the world. Nevertheless, Atlanta isn’t home to all of these species. Plus, only 30 or so will enter and live in residential dwellings. Roughly five can be found in Atlanta. Although it is a small number, you’ll discover that cockroaches are more problematic than other species. Cockroaches are a grave concern because they can make people sick. When they enter your home, they’re going to pose an immense risk to you and your family members. Address the issue and fix it before something bad happens. It is important to learn more about the various species of cockroaches.
You’ll find that they’re different in numerous ways. For instance, some do not invade homes but others do. Their habitats and behaviors will vary widely. Below, you’ll learn more about the common species in Atlanta.
Cockroach Species In Atlanta
Ultimately, Atlanta has many cockroach species. However, you’re likely going to encounter American cockroaches and German cockroaches. These two species will be explored in greater depth below.
Residents of Atlanta may encounter German cockroaches at some point. It is one of the most common species in our area. At the maximum, German cockroaches can reach 5/8ths of an inch. They’re either tan or light brown. One thing that sets them apart from other cockroaches is the racing stripes found on their head. German cockroaches and other species are consistent breeders. Once they’ve invaded, they’re going to begin breeding and expanding the colony swiftly. A female can produce up to five egg capsules during her life. Each case will contain a maximum of 40 eggs. German cockroaches prefer hiding under warm appliances, including fridges and ovens.
The American cockroach is difficult to ignore because it is larger than other species. In adulthood, the cockroach can grow up to two inches. They’re reddish-brown and have a lighter color around a dark mark on their head. One thing that sets this cockroach apart is that it is the largest cockroach that can fly. They live much longer than other cockroaches. It takes them a long time to infest a residence. However, they generally do not. They prefer staying in steam tunnels and sewer systems. They are often attracted to homes that have busted sewer pipes.
These are two of the most common species in Atlanta, but they’re not alone. Our clients may also encounter Oriental cockroaches, Pennsylvania Wood cockroaches, and brown-banded cockroaches.
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches
Pennsylvania is a long distance from Atlanta. Nevertheless, there is a good chance that you’re going to run into Pennsylvania wood cockroaches in your area. They’re native to the Eastern United States but they can travel to other areas. Adult male cockroaches of this species have full wings and they grow up to an inch in length. Female cockroaches are shorter and grow up to three-quarters of an inch. Their wings are shorter as well. These cockroaches tend to be attracted to wood shingles, woodpiles, and blocked gutters.
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches
Spotted Mediterranean cockroaches can be found in our area. These small cockroaches grow up to a third of an inch in most cases. Although they have a few dark speckles, they’re light tan. They recently came from Europe and have quickly spread across the country. The spotted Mediterranean cockroach is indeed found in Georgia. If they decide to invade your property, you’re going to find them near foliage. They can enter residences, but they generally do not breed inside.
Oriental cockroaches are larger since they’ll grow over an inch in length. These cockroaches are dark brown or black and female members of the species do not grow wings. Males grow wings that cover three-fourths of their bodies. They have a lot in common with American cockroaches since both species like infesting sewers. The cockroaches of this species can handle cold weather better than American cockroaches. Therefore, they can be found outside near garbage cans. They often feed on nasty items, including feces and garbage.
Smokey Brown Cockroaches
Cockroaches of this species grow over an inch in length and are reddish-brown. Smokey brown cockroaches are commonly found in the south so you’re going to encounter them in Atlanta. They can spread to other areas as well. They often travel in shipping containers.
Surinam cockroaches are incredibly unique because all of them are female. There are no male members of the species. Nevertheless, they can still breed prolifically. The females hold eggs and give live births. Surinam cockroaches prefer living in warm areas. They can be found in Atlanta but they do not travel too far north. These cockroaches are frequently found in greenhouses.
Brown-banded cockroaches are smaller than most since they will only reach half an inch in length. In terms of hue, they’re either light brown or tan. They’re often confused for German cockroaches since they have a lot in common. The primary difference is that the brown-banded cockroach doesn’t feature racing stripes.
Why You Have Cockroaches
Most people know that cockroaches tend to invade homes that aren’t properly cleaned. Ultimately, this happens. If the home hasn’t been cleaned thoroughly, cockroaches will enter so they can find food. However, some cockroaches do not enter homes for this reason. In some cases, they’re searching for broken sewer pipes or clogged gutters.
Dangers Linked To Cockroaches
Atlanta residents should be worried about the dangers associated with cockroaches. Unfortunately, these pests are incredibly dangerous. They can create numerous risks. First and foremost, these pests can transmit serious illnesses. They’ll contaminate food sources and that could make people sick. Remember that cockroaches are going to scurry around feces and garbage. As a result, they frequently carry bacteria. It is vital to get rid of them before they make someone sick. The good news is that cockroaches do not bite humans or pets.
Removing Cockroaches From Your Home
You’ll need to work quickly get to get rid of the cockroaches and keep them away. There are numerous ways to tackle the problem, but some methods are more efficient than others. For instance, you may contemplate using DIY methods. These techniques can help. However, they’re not fool-proof. You might run into issues along the way. If this happens, you won’t be able to wipe out the infestation. It is best to rely on our services. We can get rid of the pests without delay or risks.
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Safe Cockroach Treatments
We always work diligently to provide our clients with safe, reliable cockroach treatments. We’ll do everything we can to ensure that the problem is dealt with and that our clients are safe. For instance, we use EPA-registered tools and products to fix the problem. We aren’t going to stop until the cockroaches are removed from your home. Our technicians are trained to guarantee that they’ll put a stop to the problem without posing risks to anyone in your home.
Avoiding Cockroach Infestations
Keep your home clean to prevent cockroaches from sneaking into your home in the future. Don’t forget that these pests can sneak through small gaps and holes. You need to seal these openings to avoid problems.
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