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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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German Cockroach

    The German Cockroach is by far the most important and usually the most common of the cockroaches. In addition to being a nuisance, it has been implicated in outbreaks of illness, the transmition of a variety of pathogenic organisms including at least one parasitic protozoan, and allergic reactions in many people. This species is distributed world wide.
Recognition:
    Adults are about ½ – 5/8 inches long. They are light brown to tan in color, with almost parallel longitudinal stripes/bars/streaks on pronatal shield. The females are darker than males, her abdomen is broader. Nymphal instar stage is a little darker in color with darker stripes. The ootheca or egg capsule is yellowish brown but usually two toned, with the paler end attached to the female. Ootheca is usually ¼ – 3/8 inches long and extending beyond wing tips, with length more than twice the width, slightly bowed or arched, and with about 15 – 20 eggs on each side.