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Have roaches? Learn all about these pests, including the many different species of cockroaches you may find in your home or business and your options to eradicate and prevent them.

Indoors, cockroaches are fond of starchy materials, such as cereals, sweetened or sugary substances, and meat products. A few of the substances upon which they feed include cheese, beer, leather, hair, wallpaper, artwork, paper documents, postage stamps, draperies, paper currency, and dead or rotting organic matter. They eat books and book bindings.

Cockroaches acquire pathogenic bacteria simply by walking over cultures, and these pathogens are subsequently transferred to foodstuffs during the normal foraging behavior of the infested roach.

The phrase "cockroach asthma" has been used to describe instances of bronco-spasm by the inhalation of cockroach allergens.

Many homes and business establishments that become infested with German cockroaches are introduced by infested cartons, foodstuffs, and other materials.

American cockroaches are commonly found in sewers and basements, particularly around pipes.

The worldwide estimate of the number of cockroaches is around 3,500 species, but that number is likely far greater. Cockroaches are some of the hardiest animals on Earth, capable of surviving in harsh environments with little food. They can be found worldwide, but only a handful are considered to be pests.

The American cockroach is the largest species of the roach family known to infest homes and businesses.

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What You Need To Know About American Cockroaches

  • What do blow American cockroaches look like?

    • 29-53 mm in length

    • Glossy red-brown coloring

    • Wings (males have wings that extend past the body)

    • Can fly

    • Long antennae

    • Six legs

  • What do American cockroaches eat?

    • Insects, leaves, tiny wood particles, fungi, and algae

    • Food Scraps and pet food

  • Where do American cockroaches live?

    • Live in trees and indoor structures

    • Prefer dark places such as basements, cupboards, bathrooms, etc.

What You Need To Know About American Cockroach Infestations

  • What are the signs of an American cockroach infestation?

    • See cockroaches out in the open during daylight

    • Droppings in dark places such as cupboards, pantries, and behind appliances

  • Why do American cockroaches invade my home or business?

    • There’s an abundance of food and water sources

    • Plenty of dark places to hide and look for shelter

Tips To Prevent American Cockroach Infestations

    • Remove all exposed food and unnecessary water sources, seal cracks and crevices, and vacuum and remove shelter sites such as cardboard and paper

    • Remove dead leaves or rake mulch away from the foundation

    • Don’t leave food out overnight, wash dirty dishes daily, and wipe up crumbs and spilled food, even in cabinets and pantries.

    • Clean kitchen counters with a disinfectant spray every night (don’t forget the appliances)

    • Restrict food consumption to one room to limit crumbs and eating areas for the pest

    • Use the Kness Stick-All Glue Trap

As they forage for food in homes, the pests may transfer disease-causing bacteria to pantry goods and countertops.

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What You Need To Know About Oriental Cockroaches

  • What do oriental cockroaches look like?

    • 20-25mm in length

    • Dark brown or black coloring

    • Have wings (can’t fly though)

    • Long antennae

    • Six legs

  • What do oriental cockroaches eat?

    • Long antennae

    • Prefer garbage and decaying organic material

  • Where do oriental cockroaches live?

    • Live in damp and cool places such as basements, where water fixtures are located, and beneath porches and decks

What You Need To Know About Oriental Cockroaches

  • What are the signs of an oriental cockroach infestation?

    • See cockroaches out in the open during daylight

    • Droppings in dark places such as cupboards, pantries, and behind appliances

    • A musty odor present (cockroach’s secreted chemicals)

  • Why do oriental cockroaches invade my home or business?

    • There’s an abundance of food and water sources

    • Plenty of dark places to hide and look for shelter

  • How do I get rid of oriental cockroaches?

Tips To Prevent Oriental Cockroach Infestations

    • Use a dehumidifier indoors

    • Remove all exposed food and unnecessary water sources, seal cracks and crevices, and vacuum and remove shelter sites such as cardboard and paper

    • Remove dead leaves or rake mulch away from the foundation

    • Don’t leave food out overnight, wash dirty dishes daily, and wipe up crumbs and spilled food, even in cabinets and pantries.

    • Clean kitchen counters with a disinfectant spray every night (don’t forget the appliances)

    • Restrict food consumption to one room to limit crumbs and eating areas for the pest

    • Use the Kness Stick-All Glue Trap

This is the most common cockroach in homes and businesses across the United States. These nocturnal pests can cause a lot of health issues for humans as a disease-carrying insect.

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What You Need To Know About German Cockroaches

  • What do German cockroaches look like?

    • 12-15mm in length

    • Light brown or tan coloration

    • Have two dark longitudinal stripes on their back half

    • Have wings (can barely fly)

    • Long antennae

    • Six legs

  • What do German cockroaches eat?

    • Food Scraps and pet food

    • Will eat just about anything, from book bindings to toothpaste

  • Where do German cockroaches live?

    • Love warm, dark, and humid conditions (bathrooms, under sinks, and cupboards)

    • Commonly found indoors

What You Need To Know About German Cockroach Infestations

  • What are the signs of a German cockroach infestation?

    • See cockroaches out in the open during daylight

    • Droppings in dark places such as cupboards, pantries, and behind appliances

  • Why do German cockroaches invade my home or business?

    • There’s an abundance of food and water sources

    • Plenty of dark places to hide and look for shelter

  • How do I get rid of German cockroaches?

    • Contact a pest professional

    • Use the Kness Stick-All Glue Trap

    • Clean kitchen counters with a disinfectant spray every night (don’t forget the appliances)

    • Restrict food consumption to one room to limit crumbs and eating areas for the pest Use the Kness Stick-All Glue Trap

Tips To Prevent German Cockroach Infestations

    • Remove all exposed food and unnecessary water sources, seal cracks and crevices, and vacuum and remove shelter sites such as cardboard and paper

    • Remove dead leaves or rake mulch away from the foundation

    • Don’t leave food out overnight, wash dirty dishes daily, and wipe up crumbs and spilled food, even in cabinets and pantries.

    • Clean kitchen counters with a disinfectant spray every night (don’t forget the appliances)

    • Restrict food consumption to one room to limit crumbs and eating areas for the pest

    • Use the Kness Stick-All Glue Trap

Find the Infestation

Proper identification of the infesting species is important in controlling the infestation.

Cockroaches are secretive and often go unnoticed until populations are so large that contamination or potential health problems are readily apparent.

Inspection for cockroaches usually involves a visual search. Thorough knowledge of preferred habitats of cockroach species helps determine potential harborage sites.

Getting Rid of Cockroaches

The reduction of clutter is one of the keys to effective long-term control of cockroaches.

Like all animals, cockroaches need food and water to survive in and around structures. By reducing access to food and water, cockroach populations become stressed to survive in urban environments. Conversely, poor sanitation, inadequate maintenance, and overcrowding in apartments can create chronic cockroach infestations. Once German cockroach populations are established, it can be impossible to reduce the population by sanitation alone.

Keeping away indoor cockroaches often entails removing materials such as paper bags and boxes, newspapers, excessive household goods, litter, and any other items that produce clutter. To get rid of any roach problem, use the Kness Stick-All Glue Trap!