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Professional Cockroach Pest Control Toledo OH

The cockroach is one of the most prolific breeders in the insect world. The species is comprised of cockroaches that are known to infiltrate commercial and residential establishments and cockroaches that prefer their natural habitats. Scientists have successfully identified around 4,600 cockroach species, with only 30 infesting human habitats.

Household pests like the cockroach infiltrate houses, apartments, RVs, mobile homes, condos, flats, duplexes, and townhomes. They also infiltrate commercial settings like hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, motels, restaurants, homeless shelters, resorts, and bed & breakfasts.

Not only is the cockroach highly known for its extraordinary breeding but also its extremely difficult full extermination. Each cockroach infiltration must be treated with a custom pest control solution. Even though, the insects belong to the same family “Blattellidae,” each infestation must be examined carefully. Our professional pest control strategy is always initiated with a visual inspection of the impacted establishments.

Remember, it only takes one adult pregnant female to make a full-blown cockroach infestation.

Most Commonly Reported Cockroach Sightings In Toledo Ohio?

Our exterminators and pest control experts rely on physical characteristics, behaviors, and features to identify each cockroach species. It definitely helps when there are only 30 cockroach species in Ohio. Most average Toledo residents cannot differentiate between two cockroach species, let alone identify 30 species of cockroach. Our exterminators are trained to identify a broad range of cockroach species. We can combine this knowledge with a visual inspection of your home to devise a pest control strategy that will 100 percent effective. In the meantime, we suggest viewing the content provided in the article below.

German Cockroach Species

Adults grow up to 5/8 inches in length, ranging between tan and brown. Identifying the German cockroach species is a bit tricky since its most unique feature is the head plate. If you look closely at the back of the head, where the plate is located, you will notice two dark brown or black vertical lines. These are referred to as “racing stripes.”

Adult females generate up to 40 eggs that are stored inside a capsule or case. Each female can generate up to 5 capsules holding between 30 and 40 eggs within her lifetime. These household pests can be found living underneath and in kitchen appliances like an oven, stove, toaster, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave.

The German cockroach does not possess flying capabilities, even though, they develop a full set of wings.

American Cockroach Species 

Adults grow up to 2 inches in length, ranging between dark brown and reddish/brown. Identifying the cockroach is as simple as assessing the head plate, which has a single stripe that runs vertically. This is one of the longest living species of cockroach in the world, surviving up to 3 years in controlled environments.

The species can take up to two years to fully mature. Upon maturity, the insect can live another year, but only in controlled environments. American cockroaches can be found living in public sewage systems and other areas with high humidity, dark, and warm.

The cockroach has three sets of elbow-shaped legs and two extremely long antennas. The insect utilizes its antennas for smell, touch, and other senses.

Least Common Cockroach Species In Toledo Ohio

While most people are not interested in the cockroach species, others find them intriguing. In this case, we suggest learning about the not-so-common species of cockroach in Ohio. These species include the brown-branded, Surinam, Oriental, Mediterranean spotted, and Pennsylvania wood cockroaches.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach Species 

Both males and females are different from other cockroach species. The male grows up to one inch in length, while the female is about a quarter-inch shorter at ¾ inches. The male’s body, legs, and antennas are all longer than the female’s. Commonly found in the Eastern part of the United States, the Pennsylvania wood cockroach is not a household pest. When the cockroach is discovered indoors, it is coincidental and accidental.

Pennsylvania wood cockroaches do not breed indoors, as they prefer the outdoors. In their natural habitat, the cockroach can be found living underneath piles of firewood and lumber, near clogged gutters, and in decaying wood siding and shingles.

Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach Species 

Adults only grow up to one-third of an inch long, making them smaller than most other cockroach species. The cockroach hales from Europe, documented in the mid-1900s. Today, the spotted Mediterranean cockroach is found throughout Ohio and other US states.

Scientists believe the species does not breed indoors. And, home infiltration is generally coincidental or accidental in most cases. The insect is drawn to the porch, street, pool, and other outdoor lighting sources.

Oriental Cockroach Species

Adults grow up to 1-1/4 inches long, ranging between solid black and dark brown in color. Adult females and males have wings, with the wings covering all, but ¼ of the male’s body. The species can be found in vacant, dilapidated buildings, landfills, and public sewage systems. The diet consists of fecal material, household waste, and rotting organic material.

Smokebrown Cockroach Species 

Adults grow up to 1-1/2 inches long, with a reddish/brown color. The species can be found in southern states, including Ohio, traveling from place to place via shipping crates.

The smokey brown cockroach is one of the largest species of its kind. The insect has a full set of wings.

Surinam Cockroach Species

Adults grow up to ¾ inches in length, with a solid head plate and tan wings. The species is drawn to warmer climates, avoiding the Northern United States. There are only a few witnesses of the Surinam cockroach. These individuals oftentimes work in greenhouses and nurseries.

The species consists of only females that carry their egg capsules inside their bodies. Unlike most cockroach species, the female Surinam have a live birth.

Brown-Branded Cockroach Species 

Adults grow up to 0.5 inches in length, with a light brown to tan coloration. It is not unusual for inexperienced witnesses to mistake the brown-branded cockroach with the German cockroach. Identifying the species is as simple as assessing the head plate, which should have racing stripes.

Why Is My Home Infested With Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are drawn to residential and industrial properties with food, shelter, and safety. The insects access homes via small gaps and cracks underneath thresholds, crawlspace vents, loose air conditioning duct connections, and utility passageways.

It only takes one adult female to produce a colony of cockroaches. These prolific breeders spend the majority infesting homes, businesses, government entities, public utility facilities, and vacant buildings.

Do Cockroaches Carry Diseases?

Yes, the cockroach species have been known to spread various types of diseases, including leprosy, salmonella, dysentery, plague, listeriosis, typhoid fever, campylobacteriosis, Shigella, and E. coli. The species has also been associated with asthma and allergies in young children.

Cockroach-borne illnesses are spread through contaminated fecal matter. The insects infest the food supply, which is later consumed by the occupants, resulting in foodborne illness. Cockroaches eat just about anything that does not eat them first. Household waste, fecal matter, organic material, non-perishable food, dead skin, dead insect and animal carcasses, wallpaper adhesive, and plant material.

The contaminated fecal matter ends up on surfaces where food is served, made, and consumed. Unaware individuals fail to clean the surfaces in advance, ingesting the contaminants. Within a few hours or days, the victim begins to experience stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and low-grade fever.

What Is The Most Effective Cockroach Pest Control Strategy?

Professional cockroach management has proven time and time again to be the most effective pest control strategy. We combine visual inspection with an industrial-strength pesticide to achieve the quickest and best results. We highly suggest a visual inspection, followed by one-on-one consultation with our exterminators. The data collected during the inspection is applied to an effective custom cockroach strategy.

While some victims decide to take the do-it-yourself pesticide route, it rarely works for cockroach infestation. It can work for a mild cockroach problem but will do nothing to ease a full-blown infestation. Our pest control experts do not recommend over-the-counter pesticides to treat cockroach infestation.

We partner with Ohio’s top entomologists to find the most effective strategies to exterminate cockroaches.

When Will The Exterminator Arrive At My Toledo Home On Appointment Day?

Our exterminators always alert the customer regarding their arrival on appointment day. We encourage our clients to be fully prepared to let the exterminator in to eliminate any potential delays. We need at least 24 hours to process your cockroach extermination service request during the off-season. During the peak season for cockroaches, the process can take 48 to 72 hours or longer. We encourage Toledo residents to submit their service requests immediately upon the detection of cockroaches in their homes.

Does Your Professional Cockroach Treatment Have Dangerous Chemicals?

Conventional cockroach pesticide does contain ingredients that pose environmental risks. However, these risks can be minimized and sometimes eliminated with proper training. Our exterminators are fully trained to administer, store, transport, and handle conventional pesticides.

To further protect our clients and their families and pets, we do not treat cockroach-infested properties while they are occupied. We request each client to vacate their homes or businesses prior to each pesticide treatment.

For clients with environmental concerns, we highly recommend our professional eco-friendly pesticides. These pest control products utilize natural ingredients that act as pesticides, without the environmental risks.

How Do I Protect My Home From A Secondary Cockroach Infestation?

Getting involved in the pest control process right from the get-go is a great way to achieve successful, time-efficient cockroach extermination. We value your opinions and input. If you have any questions, we recommend reaching out to our Toledo extermination team.

Sealing access points like those mentioned above is a great way to prevent cockroaches from infiltrating your home. It is also a good idea to inspect your grocery bags prior to bringing them into your home. Cockroaches travel in produce containers, shipping crates, suitcases, backpacks, book bags, and other accessories. You can pick them up during overnight stays with friends and family members.

Cockroach sightings are extremely common in restaurants, motels, apartment complexes, supermarkets, bakeries, sewage plants, landfills, recycling centers, and other public facilities. We highly recommend full inspection of your handbags and luggage immediately upon existing these facilities.

There is no human living space 100 percent protected from cockroaches. But, with our professional cockroach management, we can control the population in Toledo.

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