The Asian Cockroach – Facts, Control, and Prevention

While the Asian cockroach is relatively new in the United States—first arriving in the 1980s–they’re spreading like wildfire. These cockroaches look nearly identical to another common species of roach in America, the German cockroach. Even though these two common roaches look similar, their behavior is much different. Read on to discover everything you need to know about the Asian cockroach, and how you can prevent these troublesome pests from invading your home.

Asian Cockroach Identification

Asian cockroaches were first discovered in Lakeland, Florida, and they continue to thrive throughout the state. An Asian cockroach is small, brown in color, and has wings and dark bands running from its head down its back. You’ll only notice visual differences between the Asian and German cockroach if you get very close. The border of an Asian cockroach’s abdomen is white, while the German’s is colored.

The Asian Cockroach Lifecycle

Asian cockroaches spread quickly. While each roach’s lifespan is relatively short—only about 100 days—the average female lays four egg cases during that time, so colonies can increase in popularity relatively fast. These pests are fairly seasonal, so look for larger adult populations in the spring and late summer. Nymph populations peak during the warm summer months. Asian cockroaches are primarily outdoor pests that are active in the evening, but they can easily make their way into your home by flying inside open windows or doors.

Asian Cockroach Control

Asian cockroaches are a challenging pest to control. Since they typically fly into houses, rather than climbing in through cracks and holes, perimeter pest control won’t work. If Asian cockroaches have made themselves at home in your house or yard, don’t rely on DIY methods that generally don’t work. Instead, call the pest control experts at Evergreen Lawn and Pest Control to eliminate the infestation and prevent it from reoccurring, all while using eco-friendly, family-friendly treatment methods.

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How to Prevent an Asian Cockroach Infestation 

Preventing an Asian cockroach infestation is all about being proactive and keeping your house as clean as possible. While Asian roaches typically stay outside, they will fly into your home in the evening when the lights are on. Keep your kitchen and bathrooms clean and remove any spills, crumbs, or cooking leftovers as soon as possible. You should also change garbage bags to remove attractive food sources for roaches.

You should also pay your yard some attention, removing any damp piles of leaves and keeping grass short to remove any potential habitats. Oak leaf litter and rubber mulch attract Asian cockroaches, so choose another type of mulch and keep your yard clean to prevent these pests. 

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Control and Prevent Asian Cockroaches at Your Home

While Asian cockroaches are mainly outdoor pests, they can make themselves at home in your home. If you suspect you’re dealing with an Asian cockroach infestation in your home or yard, call the professional pest control technicians at Evergreen Lawn and Pest Control – Debary right away. We’ll develop a targeted, eco-friendly treatment plan that eliminates the problem, once and for all. Call us today at 407-880-6655 to schedule your free pest control consultation!