Fossil records show that the cockroach has been around for over 300 million years. They have not changed much in that time! Roaches are survivors because of to their ability reproduce rapidly and to eat just about anything. There are many species of roaches but we are highlighting a few of the most common that we see in south-central Kansas.

Pest Control for German Roaches

German Roaches

German Roaches are tan colored with a small light stripe going down the middle of the thorax. They have a very fast reproduction rate and can grow a large population rapidly. Before you know it, you have them coming out of the woodwork. They need a moisture source and they like high humidity. Couple that with a regular food source and they have a perfect environment to reproduce. These roaches can feed on just about anything, including each other.

Pest Control for Oriental Roaches

Oriental Roaches

Oriental Roaches are larger and darker in color, reaching up to an inch long when full grown. They are sometimes called water bugs because they can be found in damp, cool places. They can make their way into structures, but unless a really good supply of moisture is available, they won't thrive. These roaches prefer to live in decaying vegetation or under rocks or wood.

Pest Control for American Cockroaches

American Cockroaches

American Cockroach adults can reach up to one and a half inches long. They have wings and are capable of flying, but rarely fly. They are reddish brown in color and are common in industrial areas. These roaches prefer to feed on decaying organic matter. Adults can live up to 3 months without food and a month without water. The above picture shows two adults and one nymph American Cockroach.

What Attracts Roaches

How To Keep Roaches out

Pest Control for Roaches in All Life Stages
German Roaches in various life stages from nymph to adult

Have You Seen Roaches?

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