Thanks to its warm and humid climate, North Carolina is very appealing to cockroaches. And as if coming across these pests outside weren't bad enough, they tend to invade homes, too. The secret to keeping any pest away is knowing a bit about its preferences and habits. There are three species of roaches commonly seen in North Carolina homes. Here's a look at each one.
Light brown in color with two darker brown stripes, these cockroaches are a very common indoor pest. They're about 13 mm long, and through they have wings, they run a lot more than they fly.
German cockroaches tend to congregate in the moistest areas of your home, such as in basements and under sinks. They are shy bugs and will scurry out of the way in a hurry as soon as you spot them. German cockroaches love feeding on crumbs and food scraps, but they're not picky eaters. They might chew away at the paste on a book binding or eat your toothpaste.
Since German cockroaches are so timid, you may notice these other signs of an infestation before you spot an actual bug:
• Droppings that look like coffee grounds on counter tops or in drawers
• A strange musky odor that you can't quite place
• Holes in cardboard packaging and chew marks on larger pieces of food, such as crackers
If you notice signs of a German cockroach infestation, call your local pest control company sooner rather than later. These pests reproduce very quickly, so it's best to start fighting them before their population explodes.
To keep German cockroaches away, focus on keeping your home as dry as possible. Have minor plumbing leaks repaired and install a dehumidifier.
These pests are red-brown in color with a yellow band behind their heads. They are larger than German cockroaches, sometimes growing up to 3 inches long! American cockroaches may fly if they are startled, and while they do scurry out of the way when spotted, they tend to be less elusive than German cockroaches—perhaps due to their larger size.
American cockroaches release a similar musky odor to that of German cockroaches. However, their droppings are much larger and are sometimes mistaken for mouse droppings. You may also notice their egg capsules, which are dark-colored, oblong, cocoon-like structures, fixed to a counter surface or the underside of a cabinet.
Getting rid of American cockroaches will require collaboration between you and your pest control company. Your pest control expert can spray for the roaches and help you seal off gaps through which they may be entering your home. However, you will need to be impeccably tidy and clean to keep them at bay.
Keep food sealed in air-tight containers, vacuum often, and don't leave dishes in the sink. The slightest food odor can attract these hungry pests.
These roaches are easy to tell apart from the other two, thanks to their bright green color. Cuban cockroaches are usually less than an inch long, and their bodies are very flat. They are native to Cuba but have been brought to North Carolina in shipping containers of bananas. Usually, you only see them outside, but they occasionally invade a home.
If you've been sharing your home with Cuban cockroaches, your pest control expert will likely recommend getting rid of any shrubbery around the border of your home. The roaches tend to live in shrubs and then find their way into your home through small cracks in the foundation.
As with other types of cockroaches, keeping your home clean and dry throughout the extermination process is essential. Essentially, you want to starve the bugs out and force them to migrate elsewhere for food and water.
If you see any cockroaches in your home, regardless of species, contact Nelon-Cole Termite & Pest Control. We will help get the pests under control before they have a chance to multiply and become even more of a burden.