The Cockroach – Asthma Connection

My 4-year old daughter has serious asthma problems that her doctor said could be from cockroaches. Is that possible? We live in an apartment building that has had cockroach problems in the past. We had some roaches when we first moved in a year ago but I haven’t seen any for months. L .P., Southborough, MA Unfortunately, yes, cockroaches have been implicated in asthma in children, particularly inner-city children. Studies have shown that for inner-city children, German cockroaches are more ...

American Cockroaches Can Appear in the Fall

I live in a basement level apartment. It seems like every fall we start seeing these really big cockroaches which I’ve been told are American cockroaches. I find a couple of them inside every day. Why do I just have them in the fall? S. T., Lowell, MA  It’s not your imagination. American cockroaches can appear in fall, when populations are at their highest level. These cockroaches have only one generation a year, meaning that instead of hatching throughout the year, egg cases are laid and hatch ...

Cockroach Nymphs Leave Their Shed Skins Behind

We just moved into a new apartment in south Boston that I think used to have a cockroach problem. In some of the cabinets, I’ve found these light brown, crispy-looking shells. They’re smaller than a cockroach but they have kind of that same shape. Are these dead cockroaches?-BP, Boston, MA Nymphs Have to Molt in Order to Grow You’re probably seeing not dead cockroaches, but the shed skins (called exuviae) that are left behind when cockroach nymphs molt. I say cockroach nymphs because adult ...

Wood Cockroaches are Making Their Appearance in Our Area

Every year about this time, we get calls from homeowners who are suddenly finding cockroaches in their homes, often for the first time ever. They’re horrified to see roaches in their homes and they’re further freaked out because these cockroaches fly! With just a few questions we can usually determine that the cockroaches in question are wood cockroaches that are making their annual appearance during mating season. Unlike our common German cockroaches that are indoor pests year round, wood ...

What To Do If You Have Roaches In Your Home

[music] Katlyn Graham:  Hello, I'm Katlyn Graham, here with Tim Chace, a pest‑control technician with Colonial Pest and entomologist. Welcome, Tim. Tim Chace:  Hi, Katlyn. Katlyn:  Thanks for joining us today. Today, we are talking about what to do if you have roaches in your home. First of all, how do you know if you have roaches? Do you see them? What are the signs of roach activity? Tim:  Typically, the first thing you'll notice with roaches is, actually, a roach. As the egg ...

The Brownbanded – A Different Kind of Cockroach

In the Northeast, as in the rest of the nation, the German cockroach (Blatella germanica) is our most common household cockroach. If you’ve ever stayed in a place that had cockroaches, it was probably the small, dark German cockroach that you saw running around. We do have other cockroaches that occasionally become pests in homes. One that we see from time to time is the brownbanded cockroach, Supella longipalpa, not the “brown bandit” cockroach, as I’ve heard it called. The brownbanded ...

Roaches in New England

Katlyn Graham:  Hello. I'm Katlyn Graham, here with Tim Chace, a pest control technician with Colonial Pest, and entomologist. Welcome, Tim. Tim Chace:  Hi, Katlyn. Katlyn:  Thanks for joining me this morning. Tim:  It's my pleasure. Katlyn:  Today we are discussing roaches in New England. What are cockroaches first of all Tim? Tim:  Well, cockroaches are an interesting creature to begin with. Cockroaches evolved over 400 million years ago, so they're pretty old insects, if you ...

How To Prevent Roaches

Katlyn Graham:  Hello, I'm Katlyn Graham here with Tim Chace, a Pest Control technician with colonial pest and an entomologist. Welcome, Tim. Tim Chace:  Thank you, Katlyn. Katlyn:  Thanks for joining us today. Today, we're talking about roaches again but this time, how to prevent them from coming to your house, in the first place. What could cause a roach infestation, Tim? What could be source? Tim:  Here in New England, the most typical source would be a roach being brought into a ...

Ask For a Gel Baiting Program for Cockroaches

Question I just bought a condo in Seabrook and I've discovered that it does have a slight cockroach problem. The trouble is that the exterminator who had the contract previously would just come in and spray around the kitchen cabinets. Not only didn't that work but I have allergies and the spray really bothers me. Does your company use something different or do I have to live with pesticide sprays? —M.M., Seabrook, NH Answer There’s no reason why an exterminator should be doing cockroach ...

6 Common Myths About Cockroaches

1. Myth:  White Cockroaches Are a Subspecies Produced When Populations Get Very Large Fact: White cockroaches are not albinos or a subspecies, they are cockroaches that have recently molted or shed their skin. They remain soft and light-colored for several hours until their new skin hardens and gradually darkens. They usually remain hidden during this transition period. 2. Myth: Cockroaches Can Grow to Be 3 Inches Long Fact: Yes, but not in the U.S. Some tropical cockroaches can be up to 3 ...

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