Pest Identification for insects in Southwestern PA

COCKROACHES

American Cockroaches

American Cockroaches are not common pests on Long Island. They are strong fliers. They can easily migrate from building to building.

Size: 1/4 to 2 1/8 inches long


Color: Gray-brown, or red-brown when mature

Activity/Behavior: American cockroaches prefer fermenting foods. However, they can feed on anything.

Where They Live: They can usually be found in sewers and commercial facilities. This includes groceries, prisons, restaurants, hospitals, and office and apartment buildings. They prefer warm and damp locations.

Tips for Control: The key to control is to find and treat cockroaches directly. The services of a professional company are often required to achieve long-term relief.

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of American cockroaches takes persistence and experience. Cockroaches often need to be treated directly. Too much bait can repel the bug. A professional can place down the right amount of bait. They can also help you survey the property to get rid of cockroaches the right way.


Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

Brown Cockroaches

Brown Cockroaches are not a common pest in houses. However, they can be abundant in sewers and buildings.

Size: Up to 1 1/2 inches long


Color: Red-brown

Activity/Behavior: This cockroach has not been able to become successfully established within northern states. Rather, it is common in southern states. They go as far west as Texas.

Where They Live: This cockroach prefers to inhabit warm, damp locations like steam tunnels and boiler rooms. In the summer, large numbers accumulate in outdoor locations (such as leaf litter, ground covers, trees, and dumps). In the fall, they migrate into surrounding structures.

Tips for Control: This cockroach requires intensive treatments to all areas of a residence. This cockroach is rarely seen in the Northeast and treatment methods should be discussed with the client by management.

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of brown cockroaches takes persistence and experience. An infestation is difficult to control using over-the-counter products, because cockroaches often need to be treated directly. Too much bait may repel the pest, but a professional can place down the right amount, help you properly survey the property to get rid of cockroaches.


Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA. 

Brown-Banded Cockroaches

Unlike the German cockroach, Brown-Banded Cockroaches have far less dependence on water sources being close to the nesting sites. This cockroach will nest in all areas of a structure. This cockroach is rarely seen on Long Island.

Size: 1/2 of an inch long


Color: Light brown to brown (with two light, yellow-brown bands running across their bodies)

Activity/Behavior: Brown-banded cockroaches like to spend much of its time resting in cracks and voids. Most activity occurs at night. That’s when it feels safe to move about in search of food and water.

Where They Live: Brown-banded cockroaches prefer a warmer and drier environment than do German cockroaches. They are not so common in houses. They can be found throughout structures, wall hangings, and in closets, furniture, appliances, computers, and telephones.

Tips for Control: This cockroach requires intensive treatments to all areas of residence.

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Brown-banded cockroaches are one of the most difficult kinds of cockroaches to control (along with the German cockroach). Cockroaches often need to be treated directly and using a variety of tools (baits, powders, regulators, traps, etc.). Too much bait may repel the pest, but a professional can place down the right amount, help you properly survey the property to get rid of cockroaches.


Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA

German Cockroaches

The German Cockroach, or Blattella germanica, has two fully developed wings. They also have two parallel lines running down its back. These lines change color as they grow older. Cockroaches are among the most common household insects on Long Island.

Size: 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long


Color: Light brown to tan

Activity/Behavior: The female cockroach will lay her eggs in a protected area. They only live for about 100 to 200 days. They eat on all types of household products like pet food, toothpaste, soap, and glue. They are active at night and hide under cupboards, behind cabinets, in wall voids, and around motor housing in appliances.


Where They Live: Cockroaches typically infest kitchens and bathrooms. They’re attracted to heated structures. They can be found in grocery bags, cardboard boxes, drink cartons, and infested equipment (like used refrigerators, toasters, and microwaves).


Tips for Control: Cleaning out the cupboards where the cockroaches are found is encouraged. Keep all items sealed because they eat what humans eat.


How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of German cockroaches takes persistence and experience. An infestation is difficult to control using over-the-counter products, because cockroaches often need to be treated directly. Too much bait may repel the pest, but a professional can place down the right amount, help you properly survey the property to get rid of cockroaches.

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

Oriental Cockroaches

In males, the wings of the Oriental Cockroach cover 75% of the abdomen, but the females have small wing pads. They are born a light color and grow darker with each molt.

Size: 1 to 1 ¼ inch long


Color: Red brown to black


Activity/Behavior: Because of their inability to climb, these cockroaches are often found in planters, leaf litter, and other debris. They feed on starchy foods and various other items, trash included.


Where They Live: Though they are not common pests in most homes, these cockroaches can be found in sewers and commercial facilities (groceries, prisons, restaurants, hospitals, office and apartment buildings). Also, they can be found in damp/secluded places (crawl spaces, basements, water meter boxes, and drains). They are often found in bathtubs and sinks because they lack small pads on their legs giving them the ability to climb.


Tips for Control: Because they feed on organic matter, it’s important to dispose of any old food. Also, keep cracks and crevices sealed, especially leading to dark and damp places.


How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of oriental cockroaches takes persistence and experience. An infestation is difficult to control using over-the-counter products, because cockroaches often need to be treated directly. Too much bait may repel the pest, but a professional can place down the right amount, help you properly survey the property to get rid of cockroaches.

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

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