You might be primed to look for an increase in flying insects as the weather heats up this summer; after all, mosquitoes, bees, and wasps are perennial picnic wreckers. However, this year you will need to look down just as often as you look up, because two traditionally outside-living cockroach species are now seeking to get into urban homes. Since the best defense is a good offense, now is the time to spray proactively around your house or apartment complex.
The culprits: Oriental and Turkestan cockroaches
Although small brown German cockroaches are the ones you may previously have confronted inside your home, two other breeds now want to share your living quarters.
Oriental cockroaches, commonly called "water bugs," are black roaches, about one inch long, that usually live in sewers and water meters. They also thrive in any environment loaded with decaying material, such as garbage cans and compost piles. Female roaches, who live anywhere from five to 26 weeks, can produce up to 200 offspring. Their breeding season peaks during the summer months.
Turkestan cockroaches look similar to their Oriental relatives but have an additional set of legs and have more brown highlights to their appearance. They reproduce twice as fast as Oriental cockroaches and can create six generations in a five-year span. They also love filth, garbage, and moist environments.
Both Oriental and Turkestan cockroaches, because of the time they spend crawling on fecal material, decaying food, dead animals, and trash, carry alarming diseases into your home. Gastrointestinal illnesses such as dysentery and salmonella are commonly transmitted by these pests. Additionally, roaches can trigger allergic reactions in people who are asthmatic.
Why the increase?
If these cockroach species are usually found outside, why the cry to spray your yard? It appears that dry conditions in drought-stricken areas, as well as flooding rains in other parts of the country, have both sent roaches running for residences. Drought conditions mean these water-thriving roaches need to find moisture--something now lacking in the soil and underground areas. Conversely, flood conditions mean roaches need to find shelter. All over the country, these large cockroach species are now crowding inside to share space with their smaller German cousins.
Given these conditions--and with summer breeding season imminent--now is the time to protect your home, apartment complex, or condominium community. Aggressive pest control management on the front side of summer will help prevent a miserable few months of these ugly bugs crawling through kitchens and bathrooms. Being proactive will also prevent the diseases and asthma symptoms these pests bring.
Contact a pest control company like All Seasons Pest Control if you have specific questions about preventing or getting rid of cockroaches or other pests.