There are few things more disgusting than turning on the kitchen light and seeing cockroaches scatter in all directions. The pests love to invade kitchens where they search for food, but they can be found in any area of your home. With six speedy legs and nocturnal habits, cockroaches are notoriously evasive and reproduce quickly. For each one of these ugly creatures you see, there are more multiplying behind the walls.

German Cockroach

German cockroaches, common throughout Illinois, can grow to 5/8 of an inch long and are often found in homes, apartments, supermarkets, restaurants and other places that harbor moisture, warmth, and food. The scavengers will eat almost anything, and females reproduce rapidly. Every 25 days, a female can produce an egg capsule that gives birth to up to 48 eggs. The fully-winged pests are easy to transport from place to place but difficult to banish from a home because they lurk in cracks and crevices.

Oriental Roaches

Like their German counterparts, Oriental cockroaches eat anything but particularly enjoy sewage, garbage, and decaying organic matter. They often creep into homes through sewer pipes and thrive in damp, warm areas near the ground. On average, females produce eight egg capsules containing 16 eggs each. The eggs mature over the year to become inch-long, dark brown adults who can live for up to six months.

Oriental and German cockroaches are dwarfed by the American cockroach, a reddish-brown pest that can grow more than two inches. The winged pests find their way into homes through cracks under doors, basement windows, and garages, then they make their way to laundry rooms, bathrooms, basements, and kitchens. Spilled food, scraps, crumbs, leaves, fungi and even left out pet food serve as meals for the voracious scavengers. Females reproduce quickly, and the cockroaches can reach maturity in as little as five months.

Professional Roach Extermination

Cockroaches are known for their resilience, a quality that makes it nearly impossible to rid a home of an infestation without professional assistance. Only a professional exterminator can assess an infestation, identify the cause of an invasion and create a customized solution that can keep these disease-carrying pests out of your home for good.  We can come out, assess the problem and make a plan for how to eradicate the roaches.

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