What are cockroaches?


German cockroaches are a type of structural pest that have adapted to living indoors with people. These roaches are one of the most common species living worldwide. Their prolific breeding habits and adaptability allow them to inhabit almost any structure they are introduced into. While German cockroaches are smaller in size than many other species of cockroaches, their ability to invade Lake Orion, MI homes and businessesand establish large populations causes them to be a big problem for people.

Physical features of a German cockroach include the following:

  • Between 1/2 and 5/8 in length when fully grown
  • A tannish-brown body that is flattened and oval-shaped
  • Two dark parallel lines running between the head and thorax
  • Winged, but do not fly
  • Long antennae and six legs

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches, and specifically cockroaches like the German cockroach that share spaces with people, are dangerous. As a type of scavenger, cockroaches search for food in less-than-sanitary areas and come into contact with a lot of bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites.

When cockroaches live inside your Michigan home, they are crawling over counters and food, through drawers, and across tables. As they travel, they spread things that cause salmonellosis, dysentery, and other pathogens that affect the gastric system. Cockroaches are also well-known for causing allergies and asthma attacks in young kids, triggered by the build-up of their shed skins and excrement.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

German cockroaches are most likely to become a problem inside a home or business after hitchhiking their way inside something like a box, bag, piece of furniture, or large appliance. In apartment buildings, German cockroaches will travel from unit to unit through spaces in walls or floors, or under gaps in exterior doors.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Most cockroaches, including German cockroaches, prefer to live in warm, damp areas. Inside of homes and businesses, cockroaches often take up residence inside kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.

Some of their favorite hideouts include:

  • Cabinets and pantries
  • Under kitchen or bathroom sinks
  • Drawers and closets
  • Wall voids
  • Spaces behind window and door trim

Cockroaches are nocturnal, their flat, dark bodies allowing them to hide out of sight during the day. At night while we sleep, they emerge and scurry around our floors, tables, and counters, searching for food. Their ability to stay out of our sight often allows cockroaches to build large populations before we finally notice their presence.

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