Cockroaches deserve some respect - along with Twinkies these creepy-crawlies are alleged A-class survivors in nuclear catastrophes. However, survivability isn’t always a desired attribute, particularly during DYI efforts to stamp out an infestation. These eyesores drive down property values, and for good reason. Cockroaches have an affinity for tepid dwellings and aren’t picky- settlements can conglomerate around human waste, carrion, and whatever else is warm and moist - even in Palm Beach County. Such pleasant surroundings facilitate bacterial growth and make cockroaches want to breed at pace similar to the bacteria on their backs. Of course, these guys are completely immune- humans and pets are not. Always remain vigilant against such pests and take proper precautions or hire professionals when eliminating them. For more information call toll free at 561-655-9011.
Anyone who has lived in Palm Beach Florida, even for a short time, has probably come in contact with one of the most unpopular and prominent of South Florida bugs, the cockroach.
There are about 3,500 roach species world-wide, about 70 of which are found in the United States. Roaches are also commonly referred to as palmetto bugs or waterbugs, but regardless of their name they can be real pests!
Roaches vary in color from a brown to black in the house-invading species. These nasty pests can grow up to 1.5 inches in length, and prefer warm, moist, and dark areas. They have an oval shaped and are flat-bodied, with a pronotum, or shield-like covering, which projects over their head. Both the male and female are fully winged. Although they are able to fly short distances, they seldom do, preferring to let their six long legs do the scurrying when making a run for cover, which anyone who has surprised one feeding knows.
Females produce their skittering spawn from purse-shaped egg capsules, which are formed at a rate of about one per week until 15-90 have been produced. Each capsule contains 14-16 eggs, which produce grayish-brown nymphs. These nymphs quickly begin feeding, and although their appearance and behavior is similar to the adults, they are smaller and don’t have wings. Newly molted nymphs are white, but darken to their normal color within a few hours. Many different varieties of cockroaches can be found in Palm Beach Florida. Although the American Roach is the largest, all roaches are extremely similar in appearance. They measure between 1 to 1 ½ inches in length, and have brownish/reddish wings with light markings on their thorax. Their wings generally extend a few millimeters below their thorax, with all acting as carriers for a variety of pathogens.
Although roaches can be found in groups in their daytime hiding areas, known as harborages, or feeding in groups at night, roaches are generally not social insects. Roaches tend to behave in an individual or non-social manner, but often form small clusters. Cockroaches aren’t picky eaters, though they tend to favor decaying matter, and have been known to snack on sweet, starchy and greasy foods. As scavengers, the cockroach is an opportunistic and omnivorous feeder. They have been known to eat just about anything: paper, boots, pet food, book bindings, cloth, leather, glue, and even other roaches. If You have roaches and need help getting rid of them contact O'Hara Pest Control today at 561-655-9011.