Cockroach control is a global concern, and in the Charlotte area and Carolinas there are several roaches in particular to keep an eye on. If you spy one of these insects at your home or workplace, contact Action Pest Exterminating to take advantage of our top-notch pest control services.
It sounds paradoxical that something called a “German cockroach” would find a home in the Carolinas, but even stranger is the fact that this is the most common roach in the region. With their small, flat bodies (full-grown, they’re only 1/2-inch – 5/8-inch in length), German cockroaches can penetrate even the smallest cracks and holes. And though they rarely fly, these critters are quite fleet of foot – a trait that must be accounted for by any effective preventative pest control solution. German cockroaches are identifiable by their tan/light-brown color and two black stripes running horizontally just behind the head.
This particular insect is aptly named, because it’s America’s most common house-invading cockroach. Some American cockroaches can grow to be over three inches in length, which is more than three times the size of the biggest German cockroach. However, the majority of American cockroaches don’t exceed 1 ½ – 2 inches. Either way, there are enough of these insects roaming around to keep pest control companies busy in every part of the country.
These winged roaches have a distinctive yellowish figure-8 pattern behind their head, and their bodies are a dark, reddish-brown.
In the roach control business, the Oriental cockroach is commonly referred to as a “water bug” due to their love of all things cool, damp, and dark. Like the first two roaches on this list, Oriental cockroaches (male and female) have wings, but unlike their brethren, the Oriental cockroach can’t fly. Instead, they scoot their one-inch, shiny black bodies across the floors and walls of basements, sewers, and anywhere else that’s dim and moist. These bugs are most identifiable by the pungent odor they emit, which is not just musty but foul-smelling.
Arguably the biggest differentiator between the Brown-Banded cockroach and the other roaches on this list is the Brown-Banded species’ adeptness at flight. Particularly the males, since the females, which are shorter and thicker, can’t fly. Averaging ½ inch – 1 inch in length, you don’t need to be a pest control expert to know that these roaches standout for their brown bands, which are found on their wings. Color-wise, the Brown-Banded cockroach is light-brown.
We Have The Tools To Tame These Roaches
With a professional pest control legacy stretching back more than 35 years, Action Pest Control has the tools and the expertise to tame any kind of cockroach in the Charlotte and surrounding areas of the Carolinas. Whether you have American cockroaches in your home or Brown-Banded cockroaches inhabiting your place of business, contact us for friendly service and effective, budget-friendly solutions.