Cockroaches

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PEST STATS

Color: Light brown to tan, with two dark, almost parallel stripes located on their backs, just behind their heads
Legs: Six
Shape: Oval
Size: 1/2" - 5/8"
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found throughout U.S.

The German cockroach is by far the most important and usually the most common of the cockroaches. In addition to being a nuisance, the German cockroach has been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people. This species has worldwide distribution.

Habits

German cockroaches can be found throughout structures but show a preference for warm and humid places. They are usually found in kitchens and secondarily in bathrooms, but infestations often occur in rooms where people eat and drink.

Habitat

German cockroaches prefer to live in cracks and crevices near food sources and spend 75% of their time in such harborages. German cockroaches prefer to live close to sources of food and water, hence their affinity for residential and commercial kitchen environments.

Threats

Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Germs that cockroaches eat from decaying matter or sewage are protected while in their bodies and may remain infective for several weeks longer than if they had been exposed to cleaning agents, rinse water, or just sunlight and air. Medical studies have shown that cockroach allergens cause lots of allergic reactions, especially in children. They were even shown to cause asthma in children. These allergens build up in deposits of droppings, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies of roaches.

Termites

Termites can seriously damage the structure of a house or building. An inspection conducted by a qualified termite control specialist can provide you with the information and treatment options needed to control an existing termite infestation, as well as preventative measures against future infestations.

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Bees

Although Bees are beneficial insects, they become a danger to the health of humans and pets as a stinging pest, when they build nest or hives in or adjutant to areas where we live. Care should be taken when handling a bee infestation, as their stings can cause severe allergic reactions insome people.

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Fleas

Flea bites make some animals, who are allergic to the insects saliva, so miserable that they bite and scratch themselves raw. Human bites show up as small, red, itchy bumps most commonly observed on the wrists and ankles. Fleas can carry or transmit bacterial organisms responsible for bubonic plague.

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