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Common Nevada Cockroaches

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Nobody wants to see a cockroach scuttling across their kitchen counter. In addition to being creepy critters, these pests can spread serious diseases to humans or trigger allergic reactions. And, unfortunately, cockroaches are drawn to warm environments – which makes many areas throughout Nevada the perfect habitat for these insects.

Knowing what types of cockroaches to look out for can help you detect an infestation early. Some of the most common types of cockroaches in Nevada are the:

  • American cockroach: These roaches are very fast and can fly. You can identify them by the yellow-tinted figure 8 on the back of their head, and they are usually dark reddish-brown. Though they can survive lower temperatures, these roaches are most active when it is 70 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.
  • Australian cockroach: Though these roaches look very similar to the American cockroach, they can be distinguished by the light yellowish stripes on the edges of their wings. Australian cockroaches typically measure between 1 and 1.5 inches, and they often prefer very humid areas.
  • German cockroach: These roaches are usually light brown in color, and they can be identified by the two dark stripes on their back. Though German cockroaches can fly, they mostly prefer to run around on their feet.
  • Oriental cockroach: Typically dark brown or black, these roaches have a distinct glossy appearance. Oriental cockroaches typically grow to about an inch in length, and they have tiny hairs on their legs. Though these roaches have wings, they cannot fly.

How To Spot a Cockroach Infestation

Looking for signs of a cockroach infestation can help you identify an outbreak before it gets out of hand. Some signs you might be dealing with a cockroach infestation include:

  • Droppings: Cockroach feces look somewhat like coffee grounds or black pepper. They usually measure about 1mm wide, though the length can vary quite a bit. If you encounter droppings, proceed with caution – cockroach feces often contain dangerous bacteria.
  • Shed skin: Cockroaches shed their skin several times throughout their life cycle, which means you will likely spot old skin if there is an infestation nearby. In addition to skin, you may find other body parts such as antennae or legs if there is an outbreak in the area.
  • Foul smell: These pests are known for having a distinct and unpleasant odor. The smell is a byproduct of their pheromones, and most people report it smelling damp or musky.

Your Local Experts in Cockroach Control

If you notice any signs of cockroaches around your house, it’s important to act quickly to keep your home and family safe. With over 20 years of experience protecting homes throughout the Las Vegas Valley from cockroaches and other dangerous pests, our expert cockroach exterminators can help you treat an infestation quickly and effectively. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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