Common Roach Species in Chicago Homes

There are 4,500 roach species worldwide, but only 30 of these species are pests. German, American, and Oriental roaches especially excel in invading Chicago homes. So how do you identify and eliminate these roach species? Read on to find out. 

1. German Cockroach                                  

German cockroaches are commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. These roaches have tan or brown coloring and are small, growing up to half an inch long. 

These roaches prefer warm environments. Therefore, they are common in human habitats where they can enjoy the warmth all year long. German cockroaches are opportunistic foragers who prefer our food but can have a wide variance of what they can eat when the preferred food is not available, such as soap, glue, pet foods, bookbindings, along with the food left by people. 

German cockroaches reproduce very fast and in large numbers. Hence, they are the most problematic roach species you can have in your home. Since they breed in large numbers, you will probably spot the roaches scurrying around food and water sources in your home. You may also notice a musty odor in places populated with German cockroaches.

German roaches thrive in most environments but having a high level of resources will allow them to maximize their population growth potential. Therefore, the first step in eliminating them is keeping your house clean and eliminate any water resources that are present. You can also try using bait traps and insecticide powders and gels to get rid of the pests. 

German cockroaches, like all cockroaches, cause serious health problems in humans. Their saliva, urine, and droppings contain proteins that worsen allergy symptoms. So if your allergy symptoms start to flare up, check to see if you have a roach infestation. 

Note that if a few egg capsules survive your elimination efforts, you will have more cockroaches in a few days, for normally there are 40 eggs in each egg capsule. Therefore, entrust a professional exterminator with ridding your house of German roaches. 

2. American Cockroaches 

American roaches are the biggest cockroach species that infest households. These roaches have a reddish-brown color and can grow up to 2 inches long. The roaches can fly for short distances and may, in rare cases, bite a person. 

American cockroaches typically inhabit dark, moist areas like sewers, steam tunnels, and drain pipes. They normally invade your home because of adverse conditions in these areas. 

American cockroaches, like all cockroaches, cause serious health problems in humans. Their saliva, urine, and droppings contain proteins that worsen allergy symptoms. So if your allergy symptoms start to flare up, check to see if you have a roach infestation. 

3. Oriental Cockroaches 

Oriental cockroaches can be a challenging roach species to eliminate because they are good at hiding. These roaches have a dark black color with a smooth, oily exterior and are about 1 inch long. 

Like American cockroaches, oriental roaches thrive in the outdoors and prefer to inhabit dark, damp, cool areas. Therefore, you will find oriental roaches under your porch, in crawl spaces, damp basements, and drains. 

Oriental cockroaches typically inhabit dark, moist areas like sewers, steam tunnels, and drain pipes. Oriental cockroaches often move into homes because of adverse conditions in these areas. 

Oriental cockroaches, like all cockroaches, cause serious health problems in humans. Their saliva, urine, and droppings contain proteins that worsen allergy symptoms. So if your allergy symptoms start to flare up, check to see if you have a roach infestation. 

Roaches are one of the most resilient insect species. Therefore, they are hard to get rid of if you are not a pest extermination professional. Additionally, you risk poisoning yourself if you handle pesticides without the appropriate protective gear. 

At A-Alert Exterminating Service Inc, we save you the risks associated with DIY pest removal and get rid of any pests in your house for good. Contact us today for roach extermination services in Chicago. 

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