Cockroaches have been around since the beginning of time. Some studies and fossils that have been found have said to have gone back millions of years. There are over 3,000 species of cockroaches worldwide. Most of the species that are found in the United States are The American Cockroach, The Oriental Cockroach,The Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach, some favoring different regions, climates etc. But the one found most common is the German Cockroach. German Cockroaches are very successful at infesting structures and can be hard to control, the longer the problem has been there the harder it is to get control. They're also known to carry disease-producing bacteria and can also transmit things like food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea and other illnesses by carrying the vectors on their feet. In heavy infestations they have also been known to cause respiratory infections. If you are having an issue with roaches in Columbus, Ohio or surrounding areas give Reed's Pest Control a call. We have extensive experience in dealing with German Cockroaches and have multiple treatment plans to try and fit everyone's budget.
The German Cockroach is small, about 1/2 to 5/8 inch long. They're tan to light brown and have two dark parallel streaks running from the head to the base of the wings. Although the bay roach known as the nymph appears different from adults so many people do not think they are roaches.
A Female carries the egg capsule(which is about 1/4" long and contains about 30 to 40 eggs) sticking out of her abdomen for about 3 weeks before dropping it. She usually drops it about a day before the eggs hatch and usually drops it in a secluded part of the infested area. The Eggs hatch and the Nymphs come out. The Nymphs molt about 7 times before reaching adulthood.
The foraging pattern is much less than you would expect. The Cockroaches leave their shelter and go to the first perpendicular surface they find searching for food crumbs and other food sources that can wind up in corners of cabinets or cracks beside stoves. The most convenient areas to forage are also the the most common harbor-age. Stoves, refrigerators, cabinets , under sinks all offer both protection and food.