You may be surprised to know that there are 50 species of cockroaches found in the United States, but only three of them are commonly found here in Colorado. The most common species of cockroach found in Colorado is the German Cockroach, followed by the American and Oriental Cockroach. Unlike other parts of the United States, we do not commonly see these three species of cockroaches outside. These three types of cockroaches in Colorado are generally found inside the home or business and sometimes they are found in steam tunnels and other various underground plumbing areas. Cockroaches are nocturnal by nature, meaning they are most active at night, and observing them during the day is a good indication of a high population of cockroaches.
The German Cockroach is a light brown to tan, with two dark, almost parallel stripes located on their backs, just behind their heads. They average ½ to 5/8’’ long. The American Cockroach is typically reddish-brown with a yellowish figure-eight pattern on the back of their heads. They average 1.25 to 2.125 inches in length. The Oriental Cockroaches are easy to distinguish because they are shiny black and built like tanks. See attached pictures, all courtesy of pestworld.org.
Call Pest Pro Like the Technicians at Northern Colorado Pest and Wildlife Control
From our experiences, residential cockroach problems are almost always German Cockroaches. American Cockroaches and Oriental Cockroaches are almost always found in commercial buildings, typically in drain cleanouts, steam tunnels, basements, etc. Cockroaches like it warm with high humidity, think of the tropics. The key to keeping cockroaches away is good sanitation, eliminating standing water, and decreasing or eliminating humidity. If you think you have cockroaches a good inspection will help you find the actual insect, its frass (poop), or egg cases. Detection is one of the most valuable tools for a pest pro like the technicians at Northern Colorado Pest and Wildlife Control.
If you happen to find these three types of cockroaches in Colorado – in your home or business do not freak out. It is a relatively common thing in Colorado and after a few treatments, we should be able to rid you of these unwanted pests. The service for cockroaches will begin with a complete and thorough inspection. This will allow the technician to identify hotspots inside the home and kitchen where the cockroaches have congregated. Typical hotspots are refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, and stoves. All of these appliances output heat which the cockroaches like and some produce moisture/high humidity which they also find desirable.
What Happens After the Inspection?
After the inspection, the technician will begin with a crack and crevice treatment with a general use insecticide and an insect growth regulator. The insecticide attacks the nervous system of the cockroaches causing death. And the insect growth regulator prevents the cockroaches from properly molting or going from instar to instar or nymph to adult. Think of it as birth control for insects. After the crack and crevice treatment, the technician will use insecticide dust and aerosols to flush the cockroaches from their hiding spaces and run them across the insecticide. Next, the technician may choose to use bait in hidden areas as added protection against the cockroaches. The final process includes setting out insect monitors to detect activity between the time of application and the time when we follow-up for a follow-up treatment (10-14 days). It is normal for a cockroach service to take three visits to eliminate activity, however, it can take more, depending upon activity levels and customer cooperation with preparedness and sanitation.
For more information about cockroaches and their treatments or a prep sheet for treatment, visit our website at www.nocopwcontrol.com. There you can also find discounts and coupons if you are a first-time customer. You have found the best local place to help you with your pest needs. Thank you for checking in and hopefully, you do not need us, but if you do, we are here to help you!!!