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Rainstorms And Floods Prompt Smokey Brown Cockroaches To Invade Louisiana Homes In Massive Numbers

The German cockroach is the most widely distributed and the most common indoor roach pest species within the United States, and the entire world, for that matter. The German cockroach is one of only two roach pest species in the US that dwell solely indoors, the other species being the brownbanded cockroach. The American cockroach is the second most commonly encountered roach pest species within homes and buildings in the US. This species is notable for being particularly filthy, as they are well known for dwelling within sewers where they sometimes traverse through plumbing only to emerge from drains within people’s homes. The Oriental cockroach is another common indoor pest species in the US, but they are not as widespread as the German and American species. The smoky brown cockroach species is closely related to the American cockroach, but they cannot match the American species in terms of body size, as smoky browns grow to be slightly larger than 1 inch in body length, whereas the American roach can grow to 2 inches in body length. The smoky brown species’ habitat is largely limited to the southeast US, but they can also be found in southern California and parts of the midwest. The smoky brown’s dependency on high-moisture environments make them particularly abundant in Louisiana.

The tropical storm Barry, which is currently causing flood conditions along the Gulf Coast, is causing smoky brown cockroaches to invade homes in massive numbers in the region. Unfortunately, this behavior is typical of smoky browns during heavy rainstorms. According to entomologists with Louisiana State University, the roaches develop a sudden preference for indoor conditions during rainstorms and especially during floods. An example of this phenomenon is well documented in footage posted to Facebook, which shows an uncomfortably large amount of smoky browns emerging from an overflowing storm drain in Louisiana. This footage has gone viral, and has been featured in the media, capturing the fascination and disgust of people all over the world. Smoky brown cockroaches prefer to live outdoors, but they are in the habit of entering homes in order to feed. However, rainstorms and floods make the smoky brown’s typical habitat a bit too wet for the insect’s taste, causing them to invade homes in large numbers to avoid succumbing to rising water levels.

Have cockroaches ever invaded your home en masse during heavy storms?

 

An Off-Duty Louisiana Health Inspector Visited A Restaurant Where A Cockroach Emerged From His Bowl Of Shrimps A La Creole

It is a good thing that every state employs health officials to inspect restaurant kitchens, especially considering how commonly restaurants are cited for insect-related violations. Anybody who has ever worked in a restaurant kitchen knows how conducive the environment is to insect infestations. The fast-paced work in restaurant kitchens allows little to no time to keep conditions sanitary. After a lunch or evening business rush, pieces of food can wind up in every nook and cranny of a kitchen, requiring hours of cleanup at the end of the day.40061996 - dead cockroaches on wooden table

In New Orleans where many restaurants are located within historically significant, but outdated buildings, insects like cockroaches and flies can easily gain access to kitchens through structurally compromised areas. The city’s subtropical climate allows urban insect pests to proliferate to staggering numbers. According to a 2015 study carried out by the American Housing Survey, New Orleans sees more roach infested homes and buildings than any other American city. Although restaurant patrons in New Orleans likely understand how difficult it can be for staff to keep roaches out of the kitchen, finding a cockroach within a bowl of gumbo would certainly not be accepted. However, there was a time when serving roach-infested food at New Orleans restaurants was dismissed as inevitable. For example, an old local newspaper article from 1917 described an event in which an off-duty health inspector became disgusted upon find a huge roach float to the top of his soup. Surprisingly, the article’s author sympathized with the restaurant’s staff more so than the patron.

According to the 1917 Times of Picayune article, before an off-duty health inspector took a bite out of his shrimps a la Creole at a popular St. Charles Street restaurant, he noticed that the dish also included a cockroach. While many residents were appalled by the story after it went public, the article’s author was dismissive, as he stated that such events were inevitable in a city so filled with cockroaches. Today, it is well known that roaches can spread a variety of disease-causing bacteria, and the insect pests are less prevalent in restaurant kitchens now thanks to insecticides and other pest control methods that did not exist back in 1917. Luckily, roach-contaminated restaurant food is no longer acceptable.

Have you ever worked in a restaurant that had a pest problem?

Sewer-Dwelling Palmetto Bugs Can Emerge From Indoor Drains After Traveling Through Plumbing Pipes

Palmetto bugs are cockroaches that dwell within the southern United States, and they are particularly abundant within southern Louisiana’s wet landscape. Although most experts consider palmetto bugs and smokybrown cockroaches to be two common nicknames for one species, the term “palmetto bug” is sometimes used as a catch-all term for cockroach pests of several species, particularly the Florida woods cockroach and the American cockroach. Palmetto bugs and American cockroaches can be hard for laymen to differentiate, as both of these species are relatively large in size at around 1.5 to 2 inches in body length, and both inhabit high-moisture environments where decay and filth may be abundant. Palmetto bugs are often found within the moist soil in flower beds, beneath decaying plant matter, and underneath rocks. Considering the palmetto bug’s preference for dark, damp environments where filth and decaying matter are easy to come by, it should not be surprising to learn that millions of these roaches inhabit sewers, which is another habitat that the roaches share with American cockroaches. In fact, both palmetto bugs and American cockroaches have been known to traverse through sewer pipes before eventually emerging from indoor drains. These roaches have been found emerging from sinks, bathtubs and floor drains, as well as toilets.Sewer-Dwelling Palmetto Bugs Can Emerge From Indoor Drains After Traveling Through Plumbing Pipes

Palmetto bugs are typically around half an inch shorter in body length than American cockroaches, and palmetto bugs possess a black exterior, while American cockroaches have a reddish-brown appearance. Both of these species also possess the ability to fly, but luckily, they are poor flyers and they rarely go airborne. Since many palmetto bugs maintain a presence within sewers and septic tanks they can spread bacteria to humans and food sources easily, possibly leading to serious diseases, including salmonella. If that is not enough, palmetto bugs have also been known to inflict bites on humans, which can cause skin irritation. While palmetto bugs are occasionally associated with filth, the roaches will establish a presence within any area of a home where high moisture and darkness are available, so these roaches can become a problem in even the most immaculate of living conditions.

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Why Is An Invasive Cockroach Species In The US Displacing Native Cockroach Species At An Unusually Rapid Rate?

Back in 1978, an invasive cockroach species was discovered at the Sharpe army depot in California. This species is known as the Turkestan cockroach, and since its discovery in the US in 1978, these cockroaches have been slowly displacing oriental cockroach populations in the southwest. Lately, Turkestan cockroach populations have been growing at an unprecedented rate within the southwest US, and many people are blaming the internet.

The Turkestan cockroach is often purchased online by people who keep a pet snake, as this cockroach species has become popular as a go-to form of food for pet snakes. The rapid spread of the Turkestan cockroach has been blamed on people who buy the insects online, as it is widely believed that the high Turkestan roach population in the southwest is due to specimens being sent to the region through the mail by snake food vendors. However, this is not the reason for the cockroaches’ spread across the southwest; instead, researchers with the University of California in Riverside believe that frequent military campaigns in the middle east and Asia have brought this cockroach species to the United States. This scenario seems likely considering that the first specimen found in the US was taken from a military base. After this initial discovery, more Turkestan roaches were discovered at other military bases, such as Ft. Bliss in El Paso. Since then, this cockroach has spread rapidly, displacing established populations of oriental cockroaches. Entomologist Michael K. Rust claims that the Turkestan cockroach is outcompeting oriental cockroaches within their own habitat. But the primary factor behind this cockroaches’ spread is its ability to reproduce at rapid rates. However, Rust claimed to be surprised upon finding that Turkestan roaches are widely available for purchase online, and he believes that the sale of these cockroaches could accelerate their spread if the specimens are not handled correctly. These cockroaches are common pests in homes and buildings in the southwest US.

Have you ever heard of a Turkestan cockroach?

A Popular Brand Of Carbonated Water Is Being Sued For Containing Chemicals That Are Used For Killing Cockroaches

It is always a bummer to learn that your favorite food or beverage product contains dangerous chemicals. Of course, given the remarkable advances that have been made in food preservation methods, we cannot always be sure what exactly is contained within processed drinks and food products. Since very few people in developed parts of the world are starving, some consider unpleasant or even harmful chemicals that find their way into our foods as a price we pay for the benefit of food abundance. However, this is a minority opinion, and the public reaction to ingredients that are not listed on product labels is always a negative one, especially when the unlisted ingredient turns out to be a legitimately harmful substance. If you are a lover of carbonated water, then there is a good chance that you have consumed the popular La Croix brand at some point in your past. Hopefully, you do not drink La Croix regularly, as the company that produces the popular carbonated water beverage is being faced with a lawsuit over the cockroach killing chemical that was allegedly found in the carbonated water during testing.

La Croix proudly advertises their “all natural” ingredients with the hope that consumers will regard their products as being more healthy than competing products. Despite this claim, one woman, Lenora Rice, had the La Croix brand carbonated water tested and it turned out that it contained a chemical known as “linalool propionate.” Linalool propionate is a chemical that is commonly used to kill cockroaches. In addition to finding this roach-killing chemical, Rice found that the drink contained a number of other synthetic chemicals. A CBS news team in Philadelphia recently broke this unfortunate news, which has since gone international. In response to the allegations, officials with La Croix have adamantly denied that linalool propionate or any other synthetic substance is contained within their beverage. Although further testing is needed in order to confirm Rice’s findings, consumers may want to wait before buying another pack of La Croix, unless you plan on using it to kill cockroaches, that is.

Do you believe that La Croix carbonated water contains a popular roach-killing chemical in all of their cans?

 

 

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