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What are cockroaches?
Some of the most common species of cockroaches found living throughout our area of Greater Baltimore include the following:
American cockroaches are the largest species of household-infesting cockroaches living in the United States. Adults have the potential to grow up to 1-1/2 inches in length and have fully developed wings that are capable of flight. American cockroaches have mahogany-colored bodies with a unique yellow figure-8 marking located behind their heads.
Brown-banded cockroaches have dark bodies and, as their name suggests, two lighter brown-colored bands running across their bodies. Adults grow to about 1/2 an inch in length. Males have fully developed wings and can fly, while females have underdeveloped wings and cannot fly. These cockroaches prefer living in dry, warm locations.
German cockroaches have light brown to tan bodies with two black stripes running horizontally down behind their heads. Their wings are fully developed but they are not capable of flying; instead, they move from place to place very quickly by running. German roaches prefer to live indoors and have the potential to invade any home or business.
Oriental cockroaches have dark, smooth bodies. Males have wings that are fully developed, but neither males or females are capable of flying. These cockroaches prefer to live in extremely damp, dark areas and are often called “water bugs” because of their high moisture needs.
Smoky brown cockroaches
Smoky brown cockroaches are closely related to the American cockroach and look very similar. The body of the smoky brown cockroach is a dark, shiny mahogany color. Their wings extend past the tip of their abdomens and they can fly short distances. Smoky brown cockroaches are attracted to the exterior of homes by outdoor lighting.
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How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Seal gaps or cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home or business.
Make sure weather stripping is placed around all exterior windows and doors.
Place door sweeps on exterior doors and tight-fitting covers over vents.
Replace any torn window or door screens.
Leave a barrier between any mulch and your property’s foundation.
Cut overgrown vegetation back away from the exterior of your home or business.
Replace white outdoor light bulbs with yellow bulbs or LED bulbs that are less attractive to insects
Check any packages and potted plants before bringing them in from the outside.
Store food in air-tight containers or inside the refrigerator.
Fix any leaky pipes and fixtures.
Wipe out excess water from sinks and tubs.
Regularly vacuum your home or business and wipe down counters and tables.
Make sure outdoor trash cans and compost bins have locking lids and are stored away from the exterior of your property
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