Be ready to deal with cockroach infestation because these pests are common in Chicago. Today, there are roughly 4,000 identified species of cockroaches. Only 30 of them will thrive when living in residential structures. In Illinois, it is likely that you’re going to encounter at least five species. Remember that each is different in a handful of ways. One might enter your home to search for food, but others could be looking for broken sewer pipes. You can’t be positive until you’ve determined which species you have. Working with a professional is the best way to identify the species and begin taking steps to eliminate it.

Identifying The Cockroach Species

Remember that you must identify the cockroach species before you can rectify the problem. You can encounter many cockroaches in our area, but the two most common species are American cockroaches and German cockroaches.

German Cockroaches

Our clients are going to encounter German cockroaches. They often reach a maximum size of 5/8s of an inch with some only reaching half an inch. These pests are light brown or tan. The thing that sets them apart from others is the fact that they have racing stripes on their head. German cockroaches constantly breed so the infestation is going to worsen quickly. A female can easily produce 5 capsules with 40 eggs during her life. German cockroaches hang out near warm appliances.

American Cockroaches

You won’t be able to ignore the American cockroaches on your property because they reach two inches in length. They’re reddish-brown and capable of flying. They have a dark mark on their head plate and a lighter color surrounding it. It takes them a long time to mature. On average, they can live for several years. They do not infest structures quickly. Instead, they tend to linger around sewer systems, steam tunnels, and old structures downtown. If you find them on your property, you likely have a dried plumbing trap or broken sewer pipe.

You can encounter a handful of other species too. For instance, you may run into Oriental cockroaches, Surinam cockroaches, and Pennsylvania wood cockroaches.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches

You’ll find that males and females Pennsylvania wood cockroaches are significantly different. When you look at them, you likely won’t realize that they belong to the same species. Male members of the species are larger than their female counterparts. Females only reach three-quarters of an inch. Pennsylvania wood cockroaches are native to the eastern United States, but they can spread across the country. They’re primarily attracted to overflowing rain gutters.

Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches

You may run into spotted Mediterranean cockroaches since they’re found in Chicago, Illinois. Although they’re only a third of an inch, you won’t be able to ignore them. They invaded from Europe and have been terrorizing Americans ever since the mid-1900s. They rarely enter homes and don’t reproduce inside when they do. Remember that they’re attracted to lights. Therefore, they may fly through your door or window when approaching the lights around your home.

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are larger than Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches. They grow over an inch. In terms of color, they’re black or dark brown. While males develop wings that cover most of their bodies, females never grow wings. Oriental cockroaches have a lot in common with American cockroaches. For instance, both like infesting sewer systems. Just remember that oriental cockroaches can handle frigid temperatures much better.

Smokey Brown Cockroaches

At an inch and a half, smokey brown cockroaches are difficult to ignore. They’re shiny red and primarily found in the southern states of America. Although they’re rare in our area, they can show up in Chicago. They’re a lot like oriental and American cockroaches.

Surinam Cockroaches

Surinam cockroaches are undoubtedly the most unique because all of them are female. You can’t find male members of the species since there aren’t any. Instead, these female cockroaches hold eggs until they’re ready to hatch. Once this happens, they’ll give live birth to baby cockroaches. They grow up to three-quarters of an inch.

Brown-Banded Cockroaches

You may run into brown-banded cockroaches in the future. They’re only half an inch but these cockroaches can create serious problems for homeowners. Although they look like German cockroaches, they do not have racing stripes. One thing to note is that these cockroaches are not common in our area.

Reasons For Cockroaches

Again, there are countless cockroach species and all of them are different in numerous ways. Before you can identify the cause, you must figure out the cockroach species you’re dealing with. Remember that some cockroaches invade homes because they’re looking for leftovers and crumbs. Other cockroaches are searching for access to sewer systems. Work with a professional to find out why the cockroaches are in your home.

Health Concerns

There is no doubt that cockroaches are dangerous. Although they don’t bite or inject venom, they’re still one of the most dangerous pests in our area. Therefore, you need to get rid of them quickly to protect yourself and your loved ones. Failing to rectify the problem will only allow it to worsen. Cockroaches breed prolifically so it will get worse. Once they’ve entered your home, begin taking steps to remedy the problem. Pick up the phone and call our office. Our technicians will be happy to help. If these pests contaminate your food, throw the food away. Otherwise, you might get sick.

Best Techniques For Eliminating Cockroaches

Be sure to find a way to deal with the cockroaches in your home quickly. Don’t delay since doing so will lead to more problems. When you’re ready to begin, call our office and we can help. In some situations, cockroaches have invaded your home because they’re searching for leftovers. Therefore, you should begin by thoroughly cleaning your home. Get rid of any food crumbs you find. Make sure your food products are properly locked away in durable containers. Once you’ve done this, make sure that water leaks and humidity issues are taken care of. Finally, you can consider using DIY methods. Just remember that some of them are inefficient. If you want lightning-fast results, team up with us.

We can eliminate cockroaches quicker than our competitors.

When Can Your Exterminator Begin?

We’re always ready to begin helping our Chicago clients. Once you’ve called our local office, one of our friendly technicians will call you back within 48 hours.

Safest Treatments

We understand how much our clients want to protect the people they love. We hope we can help you do just that. When you work with us, you can guarantee you’re going to receive the safest solutions. We always go above and beyond to protect your clients. We’ll fix the issue using the safest methods. In addition to this, we solely rely on EPA-registered products. By doing so, we can protect our clients and employees. Contact our office to learn more about the steps we take to protect our clients.

Avoiding Cockroach Invasions

Ultimately, you need to take steps to prevent cockroaches from invading your home. If you can do this, you can avoid paying for our extermination services. Remember to keep your home clean and tidy. Deal with messes immediately. If these pests enter your home, be ready to call us so we can fix the problem right away.

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