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All About Cockroaches

Identification, Control, and Video

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All About Cockroaches

American Cockroach

Photo by Gary Alpert

Cockroaches are not simply nuisance pests, they can cause damage and spread disease. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to prevent and control this creepy cockroach in and around your home.

Following are some cockroach articles that will provide you with more in-depth information on different species of cockroaches, why they are such survivors, and how to control them or prepare for pest control service. And for those who prefer to get their information in video – two articles below contain a number of links to those as well.

About Cockroaches

  • The Most Common Cockroach Pests: German Cockroaches and American Cockroaches. Of the approximately 50 cockroach species that occur in the U.S., the German and American cockroaches are two of the most common species that infest homes, restaurants, hotels and other establishments. There are, in fact, few, if any, locations in the U.S. where these species are not found. This article provides identifying and characteristic information on these two species.

  • More Common Cockroaches: The Brownbanded Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach. Although the German and American cockroaches are two of the most common species, the Brownbanded and Oriental cockroaches can also be of significant concern. Thus, this article provides identifying and characteristic information on these two species.

  • The Asian Cockroach: The Flying Cockroach. First found in the U.S. in 1986 in the Lakeland, Florida, area, the Asian cockroach has become a significant pest in the areas it infests, primarily the southeastern states. Similar in looks and size to the German cockroach, the Asian cockroaches' greatest difference and greatest problem for people is that, unlike most other cockroaches, the Asian cockroach can fly.

  • Why Cockroaches Survive. With fossil evidence proving that cockroaches have been around for more than 300 million years, they are one of the oldest groups of insects on the earth. They are also one of the most common - perhaps because they have been around longest! Unfortunately, they are also one of the most difficult to control. Read about the cockroach characteristics that have enabled their survival – and make them hard to control.

Cockroach Control

  • Controlling Cockroaches. Different species of cockroach can be very different in what they eat, where they like to live—or "harbor," what they do, and how they breed, it is important to identify the cockroach species before trying to control them. However, there is one aspect of control that is the same for all cockroaches—depriving them of their basic survival needs: food, water, and shelter through cleanliness and sanitation.

  • 12 Steps to Prepare for Cockroach Control Service. Professional pest control operators (PCOs) will generally provide you with a specific list of preparation activities, "prep," to be completed prior to their visit. However, the following lists some of the most common requests or recommendations made by PCOs - and should also be followed prior to using any over-the-counter pest control products yourself.

  • Mice, Rats and Cockroaches in Restaurants. It can be enjoyable to dine out in a fancy, casual or fast-food restaurant. But the experience can quickly become a nightmare if you look up mid-bite to see a cockroach scurry up the wall or rodent running along the floorboards. What are the rules for pests in food service facilities? Who regulates them? And what do you do if you do see a cockroach, rat, mouse or other pest while you are dining out?

Cockroach Videos

  • Cockroaches: See How They Run: Cockroach Videos. This article is for all those who would rather gather information through video than through the reading of long tomes of words. Following are 5 videos about the history and actions of, new discoveries about, and even a bit of fun with cockroaches.

  • Cockroaches: See How to Control Them: Cockroach Control Videos. This article is for all those who would rather gather information through video than through the reading of long tomes of words. Following are 5 videos showing a variety of methods of cockroach control - from organic to drowning.

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