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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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Oriental Cockroach

    Contrary to it's common name, the Oriental cockroach is actually thought to be of North African origin. It is also commonly called a “black beetle”, “waterbug”, or “shad roach”. This species is located worldwide.
Recognition:
    Adult males are 1 inch long, whereas females are are about 1 ¼ inches long. Their color is usually shiny black but may vary to dark reddish brown. The male's wings cover about 75% of their abdomen, leaving 3-5 abdominal sections exposed. The female's wings are are greatly reduced which resemble nymphal wing pads but have veins. Adults do not fly. Ootheca or egg capsule is reddish brown when deposited, then changing to black. Ootheca is about 3/8 inches long, with length about 1.5 times the width. Usually about 8 eggs on each side of the sack.