Have you ever experienced a pest infestation in your home in the Las Vegas Valley? If so, you know that the first step in effective pest control is to identify the bug or rodent whether you live in Henderson or Summerlin.


This is often difficult for homeowners because they don’t have the knowledge to pinpoint the bug or rodent in question like a pest professional. Take, for example, cockroaches. There are more than 4,000 living species of roaches in the world – about 70 of which are found throughout the United States. However, only a few of these cockroach species inhabit residential and commercial properties. The most common are American, brownbanded, German and Oriental cockroaches. The following will help you to learn what to look for in the event of a cockroach infestation.


1- Assess the size of the cockroach.

Cockroaches found in the United States typically range in size from ½” to 2” long.  Brownbanded cockroaches are the smallest of the common roaches and only grow to be about ½” in length, which is equivalent to the size of a penny. German cockroaches are slightly larger than brownbanded cockroaches, and vary in size from ½” to 5/8” in length. Oriental cockroaches grow to be a little bigger, measuring about 1” in length. American cockroaches are the largest of the house-infesting roaches. They can grow to be about 2” in length.


2- Look for different colors on the roach’s body.

Most cockroaches are oval in shape, but they all have slightly different body colors, which is an effective way to tell them apart from one another. For example, American cockroaches are reddish-brown with a yellowish figure-8 pattern on the back of their heads, while brown-banded cockroaches are brown with pronounced banding across the wings. German cockroaches have light brown or tan bodies with two dark stripes. Oriental roaches are shiny black.


3- Know the habits of cockroaches.

Cockroaches often enter homes in search of food and water, but each species prefers its own hiding spots. German cockroaches are drawn to warm, humid environments, and frequently are found in bathrooms and kitchens. American cockroaches, on the other hand, are common in larger commercial buildings such as restaurants, grocery stores, food processing plants and hospitals. Other cockroach species like oriental cockroaches can survive quite well outdoors, where they are found under debris, leaves, stones and porches. Inside, they tend to hide in crawl spaces, basements and around utility pipes. Brownbanded cockroaches show a preference for drier locations and warmer areas over 80 degrees. They prefer higher locations than most cockroach species and are often found in upper cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms.


If you think you have a cockroach infestation contact a licensed pest professional.

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