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Most Common Cockroaches Found In Lexington

September 19, 2019


an american cockroach crawling along the white tile floor inside of a lexington kentucky home

Cockroaches are horrible pests. They are dirty, they can cause disease, and they are very hard to get rid of. They can live in arctic temperatures or tropical climates. There are many species of cockroaches, but in Lexington, there are three main types you need to worry about: American, German, and Oriental cockroaches.

Types of Cockroaches

These three types of cockroach have flat bodies and are protected by an exoskeleton. They have wings, but most species do not fly. They are attracted to food, which for them often means trash, decay, and fecal matter.

American Cockroaches

American cockroaches are the largest species. They don’t really fly, but they sometimes use their wings to glide. The average length is 4cm. They are a reddish-brown color and extremely fast despite their large size. Like most cockroaches, American cockroaches are nocturnal. They dislike light, so you are most likely to see them around your house if you turn a light on at night.

German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are the smallest of these three species. They usually only grow to just over 1cm. Like American cockroaches, they may glide on occasion, but they don’t use their wings to fly. They are dark in color, ranging from brown to black. They are also nocturnal and have less resistance to cold than other types of cockroach. German cockroaches sometimes emit a bad odor when threatened.

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are a larger species. Males grow to 2.5cm while females can grow larger than 3cm. This species is also unable to fly. Oriental cockroaches are much darker. They are usually a shiny black, but sometimes have red undertones and might be a dark brown instead of black. These cockroaches love moisture, so you’re most likely to find them in damp areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.

The Problem with Cockroaches

Most people find cockroaches frightening and disgusting, and for good reason. Cockroaches are attracted to filth and because they spend so much time in decaying materials and trash, they can carry nearly 30 different kinds of bacteria. They also carry pathogens for disease and can cause allergic reactions in some people. Cockroaches can also exacerbate asthma, especially in kids.

Stopping Cockroaches from Coming into Your Home

There are many reasons to keep cockroaches out of your home. You can deter them by keeping your house clean, sealing trashcans, and never leaving food or dirty dishes in the kitchen overnight. In order to keep cockroaches out, you should seal any cracks or spaces in the exterior of your house. Make sure screens don’t have any holes or rips which could let cockroaches in. These pests can also come inside by crawling out of drains or through vents.

If you see cockroaches around your house, call Action Pest Control. We have the expertise to help you identify the species and create the best treatment plan for that type of cockroach. Our treatment plan is comprehensive and has a long-term focus, so you can rest easy without wondering which kinds of cockroaches may be crawling around your house. Action Pest Control can keep your house cockroach-free.




 

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