BioGuard Pest Control in Virginia Beach constantly battles cockroaches. Cockroaches are some of the oldest
species on the planet, simply because they are so hard to kill.
These insects cause allergic reactions in many people, because they excrete a particular protein in their
feces and saliva. Their body parts also can trigger bouts of asthma. Children are usually the ones most often
affected, but anyone can be allergic to cockroaches. Asthmatic reactions can be very severe, and some
allergies can be so bad that simply touching cockroach body parts can trigger a rash.
In addition to triggering asthma and allergies, cockroaches are also responsible for spreading other
diseases. They can spread as many as 33 types of bacteria alone. Among these bacteria are E coli and
salmonella. They also carry parasitic worms, as well as several other different pathogens.
They live everywhere, but since they prefer warmth, they will move indoors at every chance. In fact, it is
estimated that 98% of homes in the U.S. have cockroaches. Infestations can reach over a quarter of a
million. They thrive in temperatures of 70 degrees or above.
Types of Roaches
American Roach Facts
Usually between 1-11/2″ long with red- brown wings, American cockroaches like to fly outside. They are scavengers with a special taste for warm damp places, water and alcoholic beverages. They like to eat decaying organic matter.
Brown Banded Roach Facts
Brown banded roaches are brown with strips across their body, they can grow to a length of 1.25 inches as an adult and look similar to that of an American roach. However this roach does not have the yellow stripe around its pronotum like that of an American.
German Roach Facts
About the same size as brown-banded roaches, the German cockroaches have two brown stripes running the length of their wings. They love fermented foods and venture outside during the warmer months. Without control, one pair of German roaches can expand to more than 2 million in less than a year.
Oriental Roach Facts
Dark brown and about one-inch long, Oriental cockroaches seek out warm damp areas indoors. They flourish in basements and storage areas where they can stay close to the ground. They eat decaying organic matter and prefer starches.