Roach Control in Denver, CO
Cockroaches Commonly Found in Colorado
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American cockroaches are 1 3/8 to 2 1/8 inches long when mature, red-brown, characterized by fully developed wings that completely cover the abdomen. The nymphs are gray-brown and 1/4 inch long when they emerge from the egg capsule.
American cockroaches are not common pests in most homes, however can be abundant in sewers and commercial facilities such as grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals and in office and apartment buildings. They prefer to inhabit warm, damp locations as boiler rooms, and sewage ejector pits. Strong fliers, they quickly migrate from building to building. Although they feed on a variety of materials, they prefer fermenting foods.
German Cockroaches are small, light tan and have fully developed wings. Females are slightly narrower than males and produce’s within her lifetime four to eight capsules, each containing thirty to forty eggs. Adults can live up to two hundred days.
German Cockroaches like humans prefer to live indoors. They require food, water and a warm place to hide. They hitchhike on grocery bags and cardboard in order to gain entry into structures where they enjoy feasting on items such as soap, dog food, and human food. German Cockroaches like to remain hidden during the day, coming out at night to feed.
Smoky brown cockroaches are 1 to 1-1/4 inches long when mature, uniformly dark brown to mahogany, and has fully developed wings that completely cover their abdomens.
Smoky Brown cockroaches are active fliers that are attracted to lights and can live up to about one half year. They are sometimes shipped all over the country in fruit containers but mostly live in southern states. Outdoors they feed on dog food, and trash, often hiding under mulch piles and wood where there is protection from drying out
Brown-Banded cockroaches are about 1/2 inch long when mature, light brown, and have two light, yellow-brown bands running across their bodies; hence, their common name. Females are darker and broader than males, and their wings cover only three-quarters of their abdomens compared to the wings of the male that completely cover their abdomens.
Brown-banded cockroaches prefer a warmer and drier environment than do German cockroaches. Thus, they are not nearly as common in houses. They are found throughout structures, preferring hiding places that are up off the floor, including behind crown molding, pictures, furniture, and telephones.
When mature, male oriental cockroaches are red-brown to black and 1 inch long; and females are 1 1/4 inches long and the same color. In males the wings cover 75 percent of the abdomen; in females, they are reduced to small wing pads. The early nymphs are light brown but become darker with each molt.
Oriental cockroaches are not commonly found in most homes. They can be abundant, however, in sewers and commercial facilities. Often found in bathtubs and sinks because they lack the small pads on their tarsi, the last segments of the legs, commonly found on other cockroaches. Outdoors, even in cold water, they are found in planters, ground covers, stones, leaf litter, and other debris. They prefer starchy foods but will eat other items, including decaying organic matter. They produce a pungent “cockroach” odor.
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