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Pest Library

Here you can learn a little about some common and not so common pest you may see around your home or business.

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Roaches

    Cockroaches are among the most important pests of households and commercial establishments, Not only is their mere presence a nuisance but they are known to be capable of carrying many common disease pathogens as well as causing allergic reactions in many people. The more common of such disease pathogens include bacteria in the genera Salmonella (food poisoning), Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Coliform, Bacillus, and Clostridium, the bacteria Escherichia coli, also known as E. coli and Shigella dysenteriae (dysentery), the protozoan-caused parasitic toxoplasmosis, and Hepatitis B antigen.    Only a few cockroach species inhabit man's dwellings. The more common are the American, Australian, Brown, Brownbanded, German, Oriental, Pennsylvania wood, and the Smokybrown. By far, the most common is the German cockroach.

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Brown Banded Cockroach

    Brown banded cockroaches get their common name from the pale brown bands which run across the wings of the adult, but more appropriately from the pale brown bands that run across the body of the nymph. This species is apparently of African origin and was presumably from Cuba into Florida about 1903. It is now found throughout the United States.
Recognition:
    Adults are about ½ inch long. The color is light brown to brown, with the females being much darker than males. The head is brown, pronotal shield with brown liberty bell shaped pattern formed by translucent lateral margins or sides, with wings darker at the base and paler towards the tip with the exception on of a pale band at the base and another about 1/3 from the base. The female is much darker than the male and her wings do not cover the abdomen as they do with males. Males readily fly, but females are unable to fly. Ootheca or egg capsule is light brown, about ¼ inch or less in length, with a length less than twice the width. Top is slightly bowed or arched with 8-10 segments, but only 7-9 eggs on each side.