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Although there are more than 4,000 cockroach species in the world, only 30 of them are going to enter and live in residential structures. Thankfully, only five are common pests in Wichita, Kansas. Nevertheless, these five species can create immense problems for locals. Whether you’re a business owner or homeowner, it is pertinent to do something about the infestation as quickly as possible. Otherwise, these prolific breeders are going to grow the infestation and create more problems. Remember that you won’t be able to fix the problem until you’ve figured out which species you’re dealing with. Our technicians are here to help.
Call us and we’ll identify the species before you know it. Then, we’re going to assemble a plan to rectify the problem before it worsens.
Which Cockroaches Are Common In Wichita?
Ultimately, you’re going to encounter a handful of cockroach species in our area. The most common species include American cockroaches and German cockroaches. These species and others will be explored in greater depth below.
German cockroaches tend to grow over half an inch during adulthood. These pests are light tan or brown and have racing stripes on their head. Since they’re prolific breeders, German cockroaches can quickly create bigger problems for you. A female can lay as many as 5 egg capsules during her life. Each capsule may contain up to 40 eggs. When they invade a building, they’re going to hide under warm appliances.
You’re also going to run into American cockroaches. They sometimes reach two inches in length. They’re one of the largest cockroaches in our area, and they can fly. They’re reddish-brown. It takes them a long time to mature. Therefore, they’re not going to invade your home overnight. They tend to invade steam tunnels and sewer systems. If you find a bunch of American cockroaches around your property, you likely have a busted sewer pipe somewhere on your property.
Pennsylvania wood Cockroaches
When you find male and female Pennsylvania wood cockroaches, you’ll find that they’re remarkably different. You may not realize they belong to the same species. Males are bigger and develop full wings. Females are smaller and their wings are smaller too. As you’ve likely guessed, these cockroaches are native to the Eastern United States. However, they can travel away from Pennsylvania. They’re rarely pests in our area. When they invade properties, they tend to be found around blocked gutters and woodpiles.
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches
These cockroaches are smaller than most since they only reach a third of an inch. Although they’re light tan, they have a few dark speckles on their bodies. These cockroaches invaded the United States from Europe and they’ve been in the United States since the middle of the 1900s. These pests are attracted to bright lights in the middle of the night. Therefore, they may mistakenly enter your home at some point.
Oriental cockroaches can grow over an inch when they reach adulthood. They’re black or dark brown. Males develop wings that cover three-quarters of their bodies. Oriental cockroaches are a lot like American cockroaches since they infest old structures and sewers. These pests are cold hardy so you’re going to find them living outside. You may find them around your garbage cans. They can also thrive in feces outside.
Smokey Brown Cockroaches
You’re also going to run into smokey brown cockroaches. These cockroaches can reach an inch and a half. They’re reddish-brown and commonly found around the southern states of the United States. They can sometimes be found in Kansas. When they reach our area, they’ve likely arrived by hiding in a package.
Surinam cockroaches are three-quarters of an inch and all-female. They have light tan wings. It is not common to find them in our area, but they will show up from time to time. They prefer living in warm areas. If you find them in Wichita, they’ll likely be in your greenhouse. Since they’re all female, these cockroaches hold eggs until they’re ready to hatch. Once they’ve hatched, they’ll give live birth.
At just half an inch, brown-banded cockroaches are smaller than most. They’re light tan or brown. Thanks to their small and behavior, they’re mistaken for German cockroaches regularly. The primary difference is that brown-banded cockroaches do not have racing stripes.
Reasons For Cockroaches
You won’t know why the cockroaches have decided to invade your property until you find out what you’re dealing with. Pinpoint the species and you’ll know why they’ve decided to invade your property. Cockroaches may enter your property while searching for food. Others could be looking for busted sewer pipes. We can help you identify the species and cause.
How Dangerous Are Cockroaches?
We understand that you’re worried about your health. Unfortunately, you should be. Cockroaches can be incredibly dangerous. They spread illnesses to people and pets. They aren’t physically dangerous since they don’t bite, sting, or inject venom. However, they will contaminate your food products. When doing so, these roaches can cause a wealth of problems, including dysentery, diarrhea, and food poisoning. They’ll also make your asthma significantly worse. Get rid of the cockroaches in your home or the risks are going to be significantly higher.
Don’t forget to contact us. We are confident that we can get rid of your cockroaches quicker than anyone else in Wichita, Kansas. If you want to try fixing the problem on your own, begin by cleaning your home. Make sure any leftovers are removed. You’ll also want to clean your dishes immediately. If someone makes a mess in your home, clean it up right away. Then, you’ll need to take steps to remove the cockroaches in your dwelling. Start by sealing your exterior walls. We offer full-scale cockroach solutions. We’ll start by inspecting your home to find out how they’re getting in and where they’re hiding. Next, we’re going to devise a plan to eliminate these pests.
When Can Someone Get Here?
We’re eager to hear from you. Contact our office and we’ll have someone call you within 24 to 48 hours.
The Safest Cockroach Treatments
We want to ensure that our clients are protected during each phase of the treatment process. To achieve this goal, we’re going to use non-toxic products. In addition to this, all these products are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. We know that these products are going to fix the problem without exposing anyone to dangerous chemicals. When you’re ready to tackle the problem, call our office. We’ll put together a plan to fix the problem while ensuring everyone remains safe.
Avoiding Future Cockroach Infestations
Unfortunately, it won’t be easy to keep cockroaches out of your home. If they want to sneak inside, they’ll likely find a way to do so. Nevertheless, you should keep your home clean and be aggressive about searching for cockroaches. If you find these pests in your home, contact our office. We’ll assemble a plan that will fix the problem without exposing anyone to any health hazards.