What You Need to Know About Cockroaches


One very common pest we see in the Sacramento area is cockroaches! Roaches can vary from being an outdoor nuisance to infesting entire homes. Identifying what type of roach you may have at your property is important to knowing how much of a threat they can pose to your home. Sometimes you can spot a sign of a cockroach infestation before you spot a cockroach itself. While the most popular roach is the German Cockroach who is known to come into homes and infest kitchens and more, it is also very common to see outdoor field roaches that may wander into your home looking for moist sheltered conditions. If you suspect a cockroach infestation in Sacramento or the surrounding area, be sure to contact a pest control expert fast, as they can multiply rapidly. In our area, you can expect to find German, Oriental or Turkestan cockroaches most often. Here's what you need to know about these pests and their habits.

What are the main types of cockroaches in Sacramento?

There are some 3,000 species of cockroaches in the world and more than 50 in the United States alone. In Sacramento the three most common types of cockroaches are German, Turkestan and Oriental.

  • German Cockroach
    German Cockroach The German cockroach is about 1/2 to 5/8 inch (12-17 mm) in length and features a light brown body with two dark brown stripes starting behind the head. Females produce four to eight egg capsules, each with about 40 eggs. These roaches are an indoor pest that can be brought in to your home by boxes, furniture, food items and even used electronics. They are very small in size and can hitch a ride on many things. These pests can infest a kitchen and up to an entire home if action is not taken quickly. They contaminate foods and spread filth in your home. They flourish in conditions that provide them with food, water and shelter. Food and clutter around the home is what these roaches thrive off of. These are the roaches that you want to gain control of at the very first sign of an infestation!
  • Turkestan Cockroach
    Turkestan Cockroach This type of cockroach is generally between 1/2 to 1 inches. Males are reddish-brown with whitish stripes. Females are dark brown with white dashes at the ends of their wings. Egg capsules contain around 18 eggs. These outdoor roaches are very commonly seen in the warmer months. They live outdoors but can sometimes be attracted to homes by light, shelter or moisture. Turkestan cockroaches are not known for infesting homes like German roaches are. If they do make their way inside you may only see a few males, and they likely will not populate. However, they can flourish outside and become a nuisance around the exterior of your home!
  • Oriental Cockroach
    Oriental Cockroach At about 1.25 inches long, these shiny black roaches are often referred to as beetles. While both males and females have wings, neither can fly. Females produce about 8 egg capsules, each with around 16 eggs. These roaches like the Turkestan are outside roaches. You will most commonly see them outdoors during the warmer months. They are attracted to dark damp places, such as sewage systems. They can come into your home looking for a moisture source and dark sheltered areas, usually finding their way around plumbing in the home. Though these roaches can create themselves a comfortable environment to populate indoors, they are not known to infest and take over as German Roaches do. Like German roaches they can contaminate any food items they come in contact with. However, they most likely are to be more of a nuisance as you will likely see their droppings around dark cabinet and plumbing areas.

Why are cockroaches in my home?

Cockroaches of all sorts are attracted to warm and moist environments, which is what your home supplies. They are able to fit into the tiniest of crevices for shelter, to forage for food and water or to lay eggs. As they are generally nocturnal creatures they will spend much of the daylight in dark spaces, such as under or behind fridges or stoves, between baseboards and floorboards or inside cabinets and around plumbing. The reason they've chosen your home is because they've found a place that offers warmth, water and food. Though the characteristics of these indoor and outdoor roaches may be very different, they do all have in common that a home can become a shelter and food source for them. German roaches being the most likely to thrive and infest.

Common signs of cockroaches

There are few giveaways of a cockroach infestation. Aside from actually seeing a live cockroach, the biggest clue would be finding a dead one. Their bodies are likely to be found under sinks, in cabinets and other places where they may seek shelter or food. Additionally you may spot cockroach egg casings and droppings. Their excrement will appear like ground coffee, and its size can help determine the species. While the most telling clue is seeing a live cockroach, they are usually good hiders, German being the best due to their size and speed.

If you believe that you may be seeing signs of cockroaches in your home give us call! We will help you determine what kind of roaches are making your home theirs, and the best way to rid them from your home before they have a chance to spread even more. To request an estimate for professional cockroach extermination in Sacramento reach out to Direct Hit Pest Control. Our expert pest control team uses modern techniques to remove all types of unwanted visitors from homes and offices. Give us a call at (916) 992-6870 to request superior pest control in Sacramento or the surrounding areas today.


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