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There are several species of cockroaches found in the Reno area. Some of the most common are the German cockroach, Brown banded cockroach, Oriental and American cockroaches. Cockroaches are among the oldest insects known dating back 200 million years. They can be introduced in to buildings and homes in cardboard boxes, food packages, and grocery bags. They are also known to travel through utility lines and even sewers.

Common Types of Cockroaches

German cockroach – mostly found in homes, apartments, in restaurants adults are pale brown slightly smaller than a half inch long and have wings with two dark stripes that run length wise. They are highly reproductive and have a short life cycle. They lay egg capsules called an ootheca that contain 30 to 40 eggs that will hatch in about 28 days. In homes they are most abundant in kitchen where food sources and moisture are available. German cockroaches like secluded narrow areas cracks and crevasses, voids, behind sinks, and under counter and table tops.

Brown Banded cockroach – The Brown Banded cockroach is the smallest cockroach found in Nevada. They can be identified by being light tan to reddish brown and become lighter towards their rear. Adults have two light colored bands at the base of their wings. When disturbed males can fly but females never do. They prefer dark areas like cabinets, boxes, and drawers. Egg capsules generally contain about 18 eggs and hatch in about 50 to 75 days.

Oriental cockroach – Usually found around dark moist areas like storm drains, water meter boxes, plumbing fixtures, sewers, and garbage they are commonly called “water bugs”. Oriental cockroaches are commonly found outdoors during warmer months they can withstand low temperatures. They are dark reddish brown or black in color. Egg capsules are dropped in warm sheltered areas near a food source and contain about 16 eggs and hatch in about 60 days.

American cockroach – The American cockroach is large about 1 ½” and reddish brown. Usually found in damp locations like sewer systems, basements, dishwashing rooms, and areas that have inadequate ventilation. They deposit their eggs near a food source in areas with high humidity. The adult can live up to an average of over a year and a half.

If you are having a cockroach problem in Reno and the surrounding areas, call us today at 775-332-0604

At Truckee Meadows Pest Control, we will continue to protect the public and do whatever it takes to service our customers.  The pest control industry has always been vital to the health and safety of homes and families.  Pest control is essential if staying inside your home for an extended period of time, such as is being recommended for social distancing in order to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“The professional pest control industry, an essential service, is responsible for the protection of public health, food and property.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have prepared a list of significant public health pests, many of which are controlled by the professional pest control industry.  We play a vital role in protecting our nation’s public health and food supply.  Pests can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, salmonellosis, hantavirus and encephalitis.  Stinging insects force half a million people to the emergency room every year.  Cockroach and rodent allergens trigger asthma attacks in children; rodents contaminate or consume about 20% of the world’s food supply and bed bugs can cause allergic reactions.  The importance of the pest control industry to the nation as essential service cannot be understated.”

The best way to combat the spread of diseases brought by unwanted pests starts with prevention.  Tackling the threat before it overruns your home is the best way to stave off the spread of diseases brought on by pests.  As a premier Pest Control Provider, we here at Truckee Meadows Pest Control understand the importance of keeping a barrier of protection and prevention around your loved ones.  We believe in protecting what matters most by working with homeowners and business owners to tackle the problems most threatening to them.  Its our pleasure to serve our customers and community and help ensure that everyone is living their healthiest lives possible.

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