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In our area, cockroaches are one of the worst residential pests. There are more than 4,000 cockroaches around the world, but only 30 or so can be found in residential structures. Roughly five are problematic in our area. Five species are commonly found in San Jose CA. it is essential to learn more about the species you’re dealing with. Once you’ve identified the species, you’ll be ready to tackle the problem. A professional exterminator can help you identify the species so it can be taken care of as quickly as possible.
Below, you’ll learn more about the most common species in San Jose.
Which Species Live In San Jose CA?
Again, our area is home to several cockroach species. You must identify the species so you can find out why they’re in your home and the best method for eliminating them. Use the advice below to achieve this goal.
At the maximum size, German cockroaches are a little over half an inch. They’re tan or light brown. One way to identify this species is by looking at the back of its head. If it has a pair of racing stripes, it is likely a German cockroach. Since German cockroaches breed prolifically, the infestation is going to worse rapidly. They can be found hiding under your warm appliances, and they do not fly.
American cockroaches tend to be one of the largest species in our area with some of them growing over two inches in length. They’re reddish-brown. The American cockroach can live for a long time. Therefore, it isn’t going to leave your property in a hurry. In addition to this, it takes them a long time to invade your residence. Instead of infesting residential structures, these pests prefer hiding in steam tunnels and sewer systems. They’re attracted to properties with busted sewer pipes.
Although these two are the most common, San Jose is home to other cockroaches too. For instance, you may encounter Mediterranean Spotted Cockroaches, Surinam Cockroaches, and Brown-Banded Cockroaches.
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches
Although they’re native to Pennsylvania, these cockroaches can sometimes be found in our area. Females and males are dramatically different so you may not believe they belong to the same species, but they do. Females tend to reach three-quarters of an inch while males are usually an inch in length. They’re attracted to overflowing gutters and wood siding.
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroaches are also common in our area. They’re only a third of an inch, but they can make a big impact. They’re native to Europe although they’ve been in the United States for hundreds of years. Since its arrival, its population has increased significantly. Spotted Mediterranean cockroaches usually do not reproduce inside structures, but they will enter homes occasionally.
Oriental cockroaches grow over an inch in length, and they have a dark brown or black hue. There are minor differences between female and male members of this species. For instance, males develop wings that cover three-quarters of their bodies while females do not have wings. These cockroaches are primarily known to infest sewers, but they’ll also hide in old buildings downtown. Since they’re cold-hardy, it is common for these cockroaches to remain outside and feed on garbage and feces.
Smokey Brown Cockroaches
The smokey brown cockroach grows over an inch and a half in most cases. It has a shiny, red color. These cockroaches are primarily found in southern states. They’ll reach other parts of the country by hiding in shipping boxes and containers. They have a lot in common with Oriental cockroaches and American cockroaches.
Surinam cockroaches are roughly ¾ of an inch. These cockroaches prefer warmer locations so they’re not going to travel too far north. They can be found outside and in greenhouses. Remember that there are no male members of this species. All of them are female. They’ll hold eggs and give live birth.
Finally, you will encounter brown-banded cockroaches. They’re roughly half an inch in length and light brown. These cockroaches are uncommon, but they can still be found in our area. Although they look like German cockroaches, you can easily tell the difference. If it has racing stripes, it is a German cockroach.
Reasons For Cockroaches
Cockroaches can invade residential structures for many reasons. However, most are doing so because they’re looking for food to consume. If your home isn’t cleaned thoroughly, these pests are likely going to invade and live in your home. They may also be looking for overflowing gutters, busted sewer pipes, and wood shingles.
The Primary Health Hazards
Unfortunately, cockroaches pose a handful of problems for locals. Once these pests have invaded your home, it is pertinent to find and implement a solution. Otherwise, the health risks are going to remain and worsen. Remember that cockroaches are going to spread numerous illnesses. While they don’t bite or sting, cockroaches will contaminate your food. If this happens and someone eats the food in question, bad things can happen. It is essential to eliminate these pests before they make someone in your home ill. Otherwise, the problem will continue and worsen.
How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches
Take steps to get rid of the cockroaches around your home as quickly as possible. Although you can find numerous solutions, some are more effective than others. We believe it is best to team up with an experienced exterminator. A high-quality exterminator can rectify the problem before it worsens. Certain do-it-yourself methods work for killing cockroaches, but there are risks involved. For instance, some of these techniques require extreme precision and experience. Working with our skilled technicians is the best option. We’ve trained our technicians to the fullest to ensure they can wipe out the pests while protecting everyone in your home.
When Can Someone Arrive?
Get in touch with our San Jose CA office right away. We’ll get our representative to contact you back within 24 to 48 hours.
We Offer Safe Cockroach Treatments
When it comes down to it, we want to achieve two goals. We want to make sure that you and your loved ones are always protected. In addition to this, we aim to eliminate the infestation as conveniently as possible. Our technicians have received extensive training to guarantee satisfactory results. We’ll fix the problem using the latest EPA-registered products.
Preventing Invasions Of Cockroaches
Thoroughly clean your home to prevent cockroaches from invading. Doing so will prevent these pests from finding food in your home. Seal your home’s outer walls to ensure they do not enter. Be ready for anything. If you find cockroaches in your home, call our office and we’ll take care of them for you.
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