Just the word cockroach creeps people out - they are ugly and are very hard to get rid of as well as introducing bacteria and allergens to our environment.

Cockroaches are found in nearly every part of the world and they are the most primitive pests. They go back over 50 million years and most likely to survive severe nuclear radiation.   They range in length from 0.1 to 3.2 inches – they can fly and swim (even underwater). Also they are omnivorous -will eat either plant or animal matter and typically feed at night.

Since Las Vegas does not have a freeze strong enough to kill existing cockroaches’ or their eggs we see a lot of cockroaches. They molt – their skin sheds as they grow and gets replaced by larger ones. The discarded skins along with their feces can be found in household dust – these materials can trigger allergic reactions and asthma. . The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that one in five children in the United States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens – this can increase the severity of asthma symptoms.

We have 4 types of cockroaches in the Las Vegas Valley – they are:

American Cockroaches also known as the waterbug are the largest of the cockroaches found in our homes. They are reddish brown or mahogany in color and when become mature can fly. They normally live outdoors but will come inside during the summer and winter months to look for water and food in the kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and basement.

Brown-banded Cockroaches as the name implies from two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. They prefer warm and dry locations, such as near refrigerator motor housings, on the upper walls of cabinets, and inside pantries, closets, dressers, and furniture in general. They also can fly.

German Cockroaches is the most common of the cockroaches and can be found worldwide. They are a tan or light brown color, smaller than other species of cockroach and even though they have wings - do not fly. German cockroaches are mostly active at night, when they forage for food, water, and mates. During the day they hide in cracks and crevices and other dark sites that provide a warm and humid environment.

Oriental Cockroaches are very dark almost black (although sometimes dark reddish brown) and shiny. They mostly live in sewers and sometimes called water bugs as they can come out of drains and have a preference for dark, damp, and cool areas such as those under sinks and washing machines, and in damp basements. This species is less wary and more sluggish than the others, of concern because it often travels through sewer pipes and lives on filth.

GLOBAL PEST SERVICES in Las Vegas is a licensed pest control company that is qualified to handle all your pest elimination needs including cockroaches.  Call our office at 702-657-0091 or go to our web site- to speak with us for all your pest control needs. Get a quote now!

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