How do I know if I have an cockroach infestation?

You’ll know you have a cockroach infestation when you start seeing lots of live cockroaches and even dead ones. Roaches emit a strong, musty smell so you’ll know when you have a lot of them. A good way to find their nest is to turn the lights on in a dark room and see from where they scatter. Look around your trash cans and outdoor water spouts as they enjoy hanging out in these areas. Make sure your outdoor faucets are tightened and don’t leak, as this will attract them.

What kind of colony do cockroaches build?

They will typically create loose nests of debris and feces. When the male and female mate, the female either lays the eggs or carries them around with her until it’s time for them to hatch. The young hatch and are integrated into the nest.

What do Cockroaches eat?

Roaches are scavengers and enjoy eating garbage. Make sure you use a trash cans, both indoor and outdoor, that have tight lids. Filth in general is attractive to roaches so keeping your home vacuumed and free of debris will deter them from nesting. Cleaning up liquid spills as they happen will help keep them at bay.

What do cockroaches look like?

Roaches are typically brown in color and can grow over two inches in length. Much to most peoples’ horror, some varieties have wings. You haven’t lived until a cockroach flies at you! Thankfully, they can’t fly very well or very far. They have long antennae and long, spiky legs. The spines on their legs help them navigate difficult terrain such as rocks and sand.

Cockroach Fun Facts:

  • Some roaches make sound to communicate. The roach most well-known for making noise is the Madagascar Hissing cockroach.
  • When a cockroach is decapitated, the head can live for several hours and move its antennae.
  • Roaches can live up to a year and females can lay as few as 300 eggs and as many as 500 in their lifetime.
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Cockroach FAQs

The U.S. is home to nearly 70 different species of cockroaches. In Tennessee, though, we “luck out” -- we’ve only got four major types in the area: Brown Banded Cockroach, American Cockroach, German Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach.

Regardless of the type, though, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: no one likes the idea of cockroaches roaming their home or office. Read on to learn more about these common household pests then get in touch to schedule a free consultation.

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