Knowing Which Cockroach Has Invaded Your Peoria Home

Cockroach crawling on a white floor.

A pest infestation of any kind can be a bit much to handle, but finding one of these three menaces inside your home will be a real cause for concern.

Here in Peoria, there are three common types of cockroaches that are known for infesting homes, commercial properties, and even small businesses and restaurants. American, German, and Oriental cockroaches can create dangerous situations for property owners all year long. In fact, the destruction these pests leave behind is so well known to the residents of the central United States that most forms of homeowners insurance won’t cover the damage they leave behind. If you aren't careful, these hard-shelled insects may nest, eat, and breed in your home for months at a time, leaving you stuck with the check.

Three Types of Common Peoria Cockroaches

While these insects are similar in terms of the damage they cause, they are significantly different from one another in size, shape, and even scent. Knowing the differences in pest behavior can help you to quickly and accurately diagnose and eliminate infestations before it’s too late.

American cockroaches are the largest of the three species found in Peoria. Adults range from 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length and are recognizable by their rusty color. They are attracted to warm, moist areas throughout your home and enjoy meals of rotting, organic matter.

German cockroaches are significantly smaller than American cockroaches ranging in size from 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch in length. They are light brown with two distinct parallel lines running down their backs. They have wings, but they do not fly. Typically, they are found in warm areas of the home such as near appliances in the kitchen.

Lastly, the Oriental cockroach reach about one inch in length. They are dark and shiny, appearing almost black. They prefer cool, damp areas and therefore may travel into your home through pipes and make themselves comfortable underneath washing machines or underneath sinks.

Though all three of these cockroaches have distinct differences, they also have some important similarities when it comes to accessing your home, effecting your health, and the preventative measures needed to keep them off of your property and out of your home.

  1. All species of cockroach can get inside a home by slipping between tiny cracks and crevices in foundations and outer walls. Out of the three roaches most common to the Quad City area, the American cockroach is the only one that uses its ability to fly to sneak inside.
  2. All three of these cockroach species are dangerous to human health by spreading diseases, contaminating food and food surfaces, and even triggering asthmatic attacks. When congregated in large numbers, both Oriental and German cockroaches will emit a foul scent.
  3. Access to your home can be prevented by sealing and caulking the interior and exterior of the building, minimizing or eliminating trash scent, and maintaining a relatively clean home. For more tips, call your local Quik-Kill office today.

Like many other types of dangerous pests, American, Oriental, and German cockroaches pose enormous health and safety risks for your family, your clients, and beyond. To get a better handle on which type of cockroach has made your house its home, investigate the free comprehensive inspections given by Quik-Kill's certified pest professionals today.

Secure Your Kill With Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators

It is important to remember that cockroaches are difficult to remove and can be resistant to over-the-counter sprays and baits. Most DIY methods of control are inefficient at best and ineffective at removing established infestations. In order to completely remove American, German, or Oriental cockroaches from your property, consult with your local Quad City’s pest professionals at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators now.

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