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The most common household cockroach is the German cockroach. Other types of roaches are the American cockroach and the Oriental cockroach. The German cockroach can fit through very small openings to get into our homes and since they can breed up to 6 generations in one year, a major roach infestation is possible if they are not taken care of by a professional.

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What do cockroaches look like?

German cockroaches are generally light brown to dark tan in color. They have two dark stripes that are almost parallel on their backs behind their heads. Many people identify cockroaches when they turn on the light in the kitchen or bathroom and find them quickly scurry away.

Quick cockroach facts

  • Can live without food for almost a month but can only live about two weeks without water

  • Can survive up to a week without their heads

  • Can withstand 10 times more radiation than people but could not survive a nuclear blast

  • Have the ability to hold their breath for up to 40 minutes

  • Some roaches can fly

Cockroach habits and behaviors

German cockroaches will eat just about anything. They have been known to eat odd things like soap, glue and even toothpaste. They can gain entrance to a building or home through cracks and other openings. They may also hitch a ride on cardboard boxes, grocery bags or used appliances. They prefer warm humid environments to live and thrive. German cockroaches will also want to live close to a food and a water source. In homes, you will most likely find them in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches can spread several kinds of bacteria, parasitic worms and at least 7 other pathogens that affect humans. Some humans also have mild to severe allergic reactions to German cockroaches. This allergic reaction can be an issue especially to children with asthma. With all of this in mind, controlling this pest is very important.

Does Aiken treat cockroaches?

Yes, we do treat for cockroaches. Please call us for more information on our home pest control services.


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