Cockroaches

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Professional Cockroach Pest Control Milwaukee WI

The cockroach is a household pest and prolific breeder, reproducing one casing with up to 55 eggs once weekly. It takes up to two months for the eggs to hatch. Each species of cockroach has a unique reproduction process. Some cockroaches reproduce more eggs that hatch in less time than other species.

Scientists think they have identified around 4,000 cockroach species. Only 30 of these species infiltrate human habitats, the remainder lives in public sewage systems, landfills, rotting wood structures, vacant buildings, and greenhouses.

Cockroaches start their lives as a tiny egg that hatches in one to two months and another six to 12 months to reach maturity. Again, reproduction is unique for each cockroach species.

Most Common Cockroach Sightings In Milwaukee

More German and American cockroach sightings are reported in Wisconsin each year. Differentiating between these two cockroach species is crucial for the safety of your family, pets, and home.

German Cockroach Species 

The German cockroach grows up to 5/8 of an inch in length, with The physical characteristics that set the German cockroach apart from the American cockroach are black lines that run parallel from the rear head plate to the wings.

Adult female German cockroaches reproduce hundreds of eggs within their lifetime. Each of the five capsules has a capacity of 30 to 40 eggs. German cockroaches infiltrate human habitats, hiding in electronics, appliances, garbage bins, and the home’s food supply.

American Cockroach Species 

The American cockroach grows up to 2 inches in length, making it the larger of the two species. The nymph takes between six and 48 months to reach full maturity. This is the longest-living cockroach species. In controlled environments, the American cockroach can survive up to three years.

American cockroach infestation occurs over a period of time. Unlike the German cockroach, the American cockroach has a dark marking that is centralized on the rear head plate and down the wings. The roach species can be found living in public sewage systems, water plants, leaf piles, and steam tunnels.

Less Common Cockroach Species Sightings In Wisconsin

Milwaukee residents and businesses report fewer Oriental, brown-banded, smokey brown, Pennsylvania wood, Surinam, and the Mediterranean spotted cockroach sightings than the German and American cockroach species.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach Species

 The male is the largest gender of species, growing up to an inch in length. The adult female grows up to ¾ of an inch long. The Pennsylvania wood cockroach rarely, if ever infiltrates human habitats. In their natural habitat, the cockroach can be found around stagnant water, damaged wood siding, woodpiles, and piles of yard debris.

These cockroaches reproduce in their natural outdoor habitat, not after home infiltration.

Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach Species

One of the smallest species of the cockroach, the spotted Mediterranean cockroach grows up to a one-third inch in length. The body is spotted tan to light brown in color. The cockroach originates from Europe, making its way to the United States in the mid-1900s.

The cockroach species str attracted to bright outdoor lighting.

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are longer than an inch and they’re dark brown or black. Female oriental cockroaches do not grow wings, but males do. Male members of this species will have wings that cover three-quarters of their bodies. They share many traits with American cockroaches since they want to infest sewer systems and older buildings. Just remember that these cockroaches can withstand cold weather better. Therefore, they can be found outside feeding on feces and garbage.

Smokey Brown Cockroaches

These cockroaches are longer than an inch. You can identify them easily because they have a shiny reddish-brown hue. In general, this species can be found commonly in the southern portion of the United States. However, they will sometimes travel to our area. When they do, they’re going to hitch a ride in shipping containers. Adults develop full wings.

Surinam Cockroaches

At three-quarters of an inch, Surinam cockroaches are hard to ignore. They have light tan wings and a dark place on the back of their head. These cockroaches prefer warmer areas so you likely won’t find them around your Milwaukee home. If they are found in our area, they’ll hide in greenhouses and other buildings with potted plants. All of these cockroaches are female. They carry eggs and give live birth.

Brown-Banded Cockroaches

Brown-banded cockroaches tend to grow up to half an inch in length. They’re light brown or tan and closely resemble German cockroaches. Although they have a lot in common, brown-banded cockroaches do not have ricing stripes. While these cockroaches can infest residential dwellings, they’re not common in our area.

Reasons Cockroaches Are In Your Home

Ultimately, it is hard to know why cockroaches have invaded your home. In some cases, they’re in your home because they’re searching for food. If your home hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned, the pests will thrive in your home. However, some pests are attracted to sewer pipes or overflowing gutters.

Cockroaches And Dangers

Remember that cockroaches are very dangerous. You cannot ignore a cockroach infestation because these pests can make you sick. They can contaminate food sources. They tend to crawl around in human feces and urine. Then, they’ll crawl through your food sources. Plus, they’re going to drop urine and feces in your foods. If this happens, there is a risk that you’re going to get sick after eating the food. The best way to protect your health is by getting rid of the pests immediately.

Eliminating Cockroach Infestations

Many homeowners will contemplate using do-it-yourself methods to fix the problem. Although some of these products might help, not all of them are effective. Cockroaches are elusive so they’re incredibly difficult to eliminate. Although you can try, you may not fix the problem unless you team up with a professional exterminator. Plus, you won’t want to risk using dangerous DIY methods. Working with us is the best way to fix the problem. We’re here to help. Contact our office to learn more about our methods today.

When Can The Extermination Begin?

Pick up your phone and call our local office right now. Someone with our Milwaukee firm will contact you within 48 hours.

Only Safe

Our company only provides safe solutions. We work hard and train our technicians thoroughly to ensure that we can protect you. We aim to use non-toxic products and techniques to remove cockroaches from your home. We rely on insecticides that have been tested and approved by the EPA. Thankfully, this gives us peace of mind that these products are going to be safe.

Avoiding Cockroach Infestations

Take steps to prevent cockroaches from invading your home again. Clean your home thoroughly each day. If you do this, the pests won’t be able to find food in your home. Also, seal the gaps on your home’s exterior walls to keep these pests outside.

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