Cockroaches are a problem almost anywhere you go. Cockroaches are hardy insects that can survive just about anywhere. Identifying different types of cockroaches is essential so you know what you are dealing with if you have an infestation. As a resident of Ontario, if you suspect you have a roach infestation, identifying the type of roach that is in your home will assist you when calling a professional for cockroach control.
There are currently 3,500 known species of roaches throughout the world. Of those 3,500 different species, 10 different species can be found throughout Canada. Wood roaches account for 3 to 4 of those 10 species and are often found in the outdoor debris, such as leaves, outside of areas such as western Quebec and Ontario.
There are 3 different types of roach species that commonly invade homes and businesses throughout Ontario. Those roach species include the American cockroach, German cockroach, and Oriental cockroach. Each of the three common species has a distinct appearance, making them easy to identify.
The American cockroach prefers warmer climates and nesting outdoors. However, they have been known to invade homes with nearly unmatched ferocity. Part of what makes the American cockroach so unnerving is their size. They are considered a rather large species of roach ranging in size from 1.1 inches to 2 inches in length.
The American cockroach can also fly. As if seeing one crawl around isn’t bad enough, seeing them fly around might sound like something straight out of a horror film. This roach species is reddish brown in color. Their size combined with the coloring of their bodies makes them easy to spot. They will typically invade dark, moist places, such as bathrooms, under kitchen sinks, and basements.
The German cockroach loves to take up residence in homes, apartments, and restaurants. They are a small roach, ranging between ½ to ⅝ of an inch. Although German cockroaches have wings, they do not prefer to fly. Instead, they run, and they do so very quickly. They are one of the fastest roach species there is.
The German cockroach appears tan or light brown. They also feature one to two black horizontal stripes located directly behind their head. One female German cockroach can produce up to 100,000 offspring a year, so it is best to tackle this infestation, and quickly.
The Oriental cockroach, like the American cockroach, is larger in size. They are capable of reaching up to 1-inch in length. They are easy to spot because they are a dark brownish black color and have a greasy sheen to their bodies. These cockroaches prefer cool, moist places and prefer the outdoors.
Because they like it cool, they often take up residence in homes and businesses during the summer months. It is their way of escaping the brutal summer heat. Male Oriental roaches are smaller than the females. Males also have wings, but they cannot fly. The females have no wings, which means they also cannot fly.
If you have suspect you have a roach infestation on your hands, make sure you contact a professional exterminator immediately. It does not take long for a roach infestation to get out of hand. Call us at 647-496-2211 and we will solve your cockroach problem quickly. We deal with all types of cockroach problems in residential and commercial properties, check out our online pest control store we offer a variety of pest control products.