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The Types of Cockroaches That Often Appear In Homes

Several cockroach species have been documented in Louisiana, a minority of which are pests. The most common cockroach pests in Louisiana include German, American, Oriental, brown-banded and smoky-brown cockroaches. These cockroaches are more than just a nuisance within a home, as they spread allergens and disease-causing organisms. Two species, the German and brown-banded cockroaches, dwell primarily indoors, making them particularly difficult to control. All other pest species invade homes occasionally where they often maintain a long-lasting presence. However, in a wet and humid state like Louisiana, not every cockroach/es a person sees indoors is categorized as a pest. This may come as a surprise to some people, as spotting even one roach indoors is often reason enough to assume that an infestation has occurred, and identifying the species of cockroach found indoors is not always considered necessary. That being said, there are four roach species often found in Louisiana homes that pose no health threat to humans, and are not looking to set up camp indoors. These four species are not pests, but a few of them are commonly mistaken for pest species, which may prompt unnecessary calls to pest control professionals.

According to the LSU Ag Center, the Cuban cockroach, the red-legged cockroach, the September cockroach, and multiple species of woods cockroaches are not pests despite being found indoors occasionally. Woods cockroaches can be found on trees during the nighttime hours, and they are often mistaken for German cockroaches when they appear in homes due to their dark exterior and .5 to 1 inch body length. The September cockroach is also similar in appearance to a few cockroach pest species, only the September cockroach is particularly well suited for flying and a red-colored patch can be found behind their heads. This species is abundant on lawns and leaf-litter, and they are highly mobile during the day and evening hours during the summer, sometimes bringing them into homes. The red-legged cockroach is one of the most common roach species in Louisiana, and they can be identified by their conspicuous red legs for which the species is named. The Cuban cockroach is not easily confused with roach pest species on account of its lime green exterior, but they may become a nuisance during the spring and early summer when they take flight toward porch lights.

Is it normal for you to notice multiple roach species in your home during the summer months?

How Louisiana’s Common Cockroach Species Differ In Terms Of Pest Behavior And Infestation Tactics

Louisiana is home to many cockroach pest species, nearly all of which were introduced into the state from other countries. The most common cockroach pest species that can be found in Louisiana include German, American, Brown-banded, smokybrown, Asian, Surinam and Oriental cockroaches. The state is also home to recently introduced species, including Cuban, large brown, Australian and Florida woods cockroaches. The Pennsylvania woods cockroach has been found in Louisiana numerous times, but they are not as common as the above named species. The state is also home to several rural cockroach species that can become problematic in country homes on rare occasions.

Cockroaches are considered by some experts to be the most commonly reviled and problematic indoor insect pests, as roaches spread numerous disease-causing microorganisms on human food sources and indoor surfaces. Roaches also play a significant role in the development of allergic conditions, and they can exacerbate existing allergy symptoms, especially asthma. Unfortunately, cockroaches are also one of the most difficult types of insect pests control, and control methods differ tremendously depending on the species.

American cockroaches are said to be the largest roach pests in the US, as both males and females of this species grow to be around 2 inches in length. These roaches congregate in sewers, and they tend to infest the ground and below-ground levels of homes and buildings, particularly damp and musty basements. Pest control professionals usually resort to gel or granular baits to eliminate American cockroach infestations, but unfortunately, fully grown adult cockroaches cannot always fit into bait station entrances due to their large body size.

Unlike American and Oriential roaches, smokybrown cockroaches are rarely found in sewers, and their need for high-humidity conditions limits their habitat to the southern states. Despite their need for humidity, these roaches can be found anywhere in a house, including basements, crawlspaces and even attics. Smokybrown cockroaches are also large-bodied at around an inch and a half in length, and they are usually controlled with gel or granular baits.

German cockroaches are the most common cockroach pests, and just like the brown-banded species, German roaches dwell primarily indoors. Eliminating German cockroach pests from infested homes is difficult and requires a combination of methods. For example, sticky traps must be strategically placed around a home so that pest control professionals can determine the location of their harborages. These insect pests are only attracted to pheromone-based sticky traps, and many bait stations must be strategically placed throughout a household in order to successfully eliminate infestations. Professionals also spray minimal amounts of insecticide into small cracks and crevices where the roaches are known to hide.

Have you ever attempted to eliminate a cockroach infestation on your own and without professional assistance?

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?

One Neglectful Parent Lost Her Baby To The Most Horrific And Tragic Cockroach Infestation Imaginable

It is beyond unfortunate that we live in a world where child-neglect is a thing. Sadly, child-neglect is all too common. This is surprising, as you would think that any parent would be instinctively inclined to care for their own offspring. However, if you look up child-neglect online, you will find numerous news stories telling about extreme cases of child-neglect. In many of these cases, children are found within insect-infested conditions. Sometimes, the neglected children suffer insect-related injuries, such as bites and even infections that were left untreated. For example, back in 2012, a news story out of the United Kingdom described a mother who kept her baby in a cage that also contained numerous cockroaches. When this baby was rescued by officials with the Department of Human Services, cockroaches were found crawling in and out of the baby’s diaper. Additionally, the baby had sustained multiple bites from the roaches. This case may seem extreme, but sadly, it is far from being the most tragic instance of child-neglect. During the month of April, in 2015, one Oklahoma mother was arrested for child-neglect after police found the corpse of her baby within a home infested by cockroaches. Even more appalling, when the baby was found, she was being eaten by several of the invading cockroaches, which is, without a doubt, the most horrific aspect of this story.

A woman named Brittany Cherokee Dawn Bell was arrested in 2015 after authorities found several cockroaches “nibbling away” at her baby’s lifeless corpse within her filthy home. Bell, 27, claimed to have found her daughter’s corpse after waking up from a nap. The baby was only five months old before she tragically died due to unknown causes. The medical examiner was unable to determine the cause of the baby’s death, which is why Bell was charged with child-neglect as opposed to homicide. When pushed for an explanation regarding her daughter’s death, Bell proceeded to blame her other two children. Bell was under the impression that her two eighteen month old twins suffocated their sister after sitting on her. Authorities are far from convinced that this was the cause of the baby’s death.

Do you believe that the Department of Human Services should require parents to provide reasonably insect-free living spaces for their children?

Cockroach Prevention is Necessary for Protecting Health

Kitchen: Keep counters, sinks, tables and floors meticulously clean every day. Clean dishes, crumbs and spills right away, store food in airtight containers and always avoid leaving food out—including pet food. Vacuum any crumbs stuck in corners and around cabinets, and regularly clean cabinets out with soap and water. Check under sinks and clean under appliances for moisture issues, and quickly address any found.

Bathroom: Cockroaches are attracted to moisture and can only survive for a week without water, so always wipe up standing water around sinks, tubs and toilets. Fix leaky faucets and ensure sinks are clear of water before bedtime—cockroaches are nocturnal and will typically emerge to search for water and food at night when the house is dark and quiet.

Basement: Eliminate clutter where possible to reduce hiding spaces for cockroaches. Basement windows and areas where weather-stripping has become worn are frequent points of access for cockroaches, so homeowners should be sure to seal any cracks or crevices using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.

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