Roach Control

Charlotte Cockroaches

roach on breadThe fast paced city of Charlotte, NC is home to many of our nation’s banks. Charlotte is also home to the NFL team the Carolina Panthers, and the NBA team Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte is a very beautiful and clean city, rich with entertainment. Even though Charlotte is full of such great attractions it also has cockroaches. Some of the cockroaches that are found in Charlotte are the German roach and the American roach.

What is a Cockroach?

A roach is an insect that can grow to be ½ to 2 inches long. Cockroaches are vectors, which mean they have the ability to carry and transmit different diseases. When roaches find an area they can survive in they can infest it by hundreds.

What does the German roach look like and what does it eat?

The German cockroach is a tan to brown color and will also have two dark, stripes on their backs. The female German cockroaches have wings that reach the end of their back. The male German roach will have wings that just go beyond the tip of the back. Neither male nor female German roaches can fly. German cockroaches have a huge apatite and will eat just about anything they want; some times that will include human hair, fingernails and toenails.

What do the German cockroaches do all day?

German Roaches are found all around the inside of homes. The German cockroach has a much higher moisture requirement than other roaches. So you will find the German roach in kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. German roaches are the one of the fastest reproducing species of roaches. A female German cockroach will have about 5 egg capsules, and inside each capsule will have about 30 to 40 eggs.

How can you prevent German roaches from infesting your home?

Some of the best ways to keep German cockroaches out of your home is to keep your bathrooms, laundry room, and kitchens clean and dry. Eliminating the German roaches’ food source can be done by cleaning kitchen appliances. By limiting just to one room of the house to eating will also help. Fixing leaky drains and faucets will keep areas dry and not help drive the German roach away.

What does the American cockroach look like and eat?

The American cockroach is a reddish brown color and will have yellow markings on the sides of the body. Both male and female American roaches have wings, but don’t like to fly very far. An American cockroach’s appetite is just about anything from, cosmetics, beer, potted plants, wallpaper, and fermenting fruit to a variety of other random materials.

What does an American cockroach do all day?

American roaches do not like the light, and will try to hide from it during the daytime. Yes, American cockroaches are nocturnal. Outside of the home, American roaches will be found in plants, water meter boxes; and many can be found in sewers. Inside the home, the American roach will be found where it can get a lot of food; like basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. When a female American Roach reproduces she will have 10 egg capsules, and each can hold up to 15 eggs per capsule.

How can you prevent the American cockroach from infesting your home?

dead roachesThe best way to keep the American roach out of your home is to make sure you don’t bring them in yourself. A lot of the times these roaches will try to sneak into your home in boxes, grocery bags, new plants, window and doors. Making sure you check for roaches before bringing them in really helps. Keeping areas clean and dry is the best way to ensure a roach free home.

What can I do if I have an American or a German cockroach infestation in my home?

If you have the American or German roach in your home the best why to get rid of them is by removing what they like. You can organize and clean up areas of your home to remove hiding places. Removing their food sources, and keeping areas dry, will move their food and water needs; forcing them to move out or die.

Cockroach Exterminators In Charlotte

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

Roaches Love Donuts

eaten donutIt started out as any other morning. A workout consisting of 30 minutes on the treadmill, followed by a hot shower, only to put my pajamas right back on again and enjoy a lazy Sunday morning.

In my house, a lazy Sunday morning typically consists of hot coffee, the New York Times, and breakfast with the Mrs. I do my best to offset the 30 minutes on the treadmill, by inhaling a decadent Boston Crème donut. Today was the day that all changed.

I reached down for my donut, perhaps my favorite part of my lazy Sunday morning, only to find it missing!

It couldn’t have been my wife who took it, she been adamant about sticking to this new diet she’s found online.

Who took my donut??

Just then I remembered my nanny cam! I took a peek at the footage and quickly found out who the culprit was. Witness for yourself:

The culprit that stole my donut was a dirty, rotten cockroach! The thief!

I’ve had enough of dealing with these roaches. My donuts are mine, and I don’t want to share!

You see, these roaches love all foods that are sweet and starchy. Those are all my favorite foods, and I don’t want to share them with anyone, let alone a disease carrying roach that can spread those diseases to me as they crawl all over my food.

It’s time to make a stand and stop sharing my food with roaches! I’m calling Bulwark Exterminating for high quality, professional, roach control.

Charlotte Roach Control

If you are a Charlotte homeowner who is frequently seeing cockroaches in the kitchen, it’s time to take a stand. Professional Charlotte roach control will not only exterminate the roaches that are living in your kitchen or home, it will prevent them from ever coming back with a protective barrier.

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

 

Roaches Revealed

Roach Sweet ToothCockroaches are some of the peskiest creepy crawlers out there. They’re sneaky, sly, and definitely super gross. We’re all ashamed to admit that these guys have found their way into our homes at one time or another. They’re most found of our beloved pantries and refrigerators. While we hate the things, the pest control business loves them. Roaches are some of the most exterminated bugs in the industry. However, in the 1990’s of sunny Florida, exterminators seemed to have run out of cards against these unwavering opponents. The roaches had a new trick up their sleeves; losing their sweet tooth.

In the 1990’s exterminators were baffled by the critter. Exterminators used a poison mixed with sugary juices as bait that was sure to catch the cockroaches, but when the roaches weren’t biting, it seemed the epic battle against these nasty bugs would never end. However, in recent years, researchers Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jules Silverman, and Coby Schal from nearby North Carolina University decided to investigate the invincible cockroach.

The Investigation Yields Results

 

Instead of taste buds, cockroaches have taste hairs all over their bodies. In order to determine why roaches have lost their love of sweets, researchers focused on the hairs around the roach’s mouth along with two types of nerves cells. These two types of nerve cells are responsible for transmitting to the roach the taste of sweetness and bitterness. When the sweet signal is sent the bug goes in for the kill, but when the bitterness signal is sent the bug scowls away. What the researches discovered in the common German cockroach was that glucose, which is a common component in sugary sweets, sparked the bitterness receptor. This newly evolved trait in the roaches is the reason they’ve been able to outsmart the pest control industry.

Roach SoupReactions

 

This discovery stirred up quite a reaction in the scientific community. Walter S. Leal, the head of the entomology department in the college of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis and entomologist at Purdue University, Grzegorz Buczkowski, who were not involved in the study, were quick to remark on the findings in North Carolina.

“We lose baits all the time,” said Buczkowski. He also commented on how new poisons are constantly being developed to in order to maintain the effectiveness of the pest control industry. Bugs become resistant to the poison, just like bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

Thanks to the research and its discovery, the market better understand how the roaches are surviving. It isn’t that their poisons are ineffective; it’s just that the bugs are changing their genetics and laying off the glucose. The cockroaches then pass off this trait and evolve into the monster roach that never seems to die.

“Sometimes the science is beautiful but you don’t know whether there is going to be an application fie years from now, 10 years from now or 100 years,” said Walter S. Leal.

So these results are definitely a breakthrough for the pest control market, and a great contributor in the mankind vs. roach battle.

 

Author Bio:  is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality roach control services. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

Asian Cockroaches In Charlotte

Asian cockroaches are becoming more of a pest control problem in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. There are a couple reasons for the recent establishment of these roaches in Charlotte. Here’s what you need to know:

Asian Cockroach

Asian Cockroaches In Charlotte, NC

 

First discovered in Florida in late 1968, heavily infested areas have now been discovered in Charlotte and surrounding areas in North Carolina. It’s not only North Carolina that is venerable to these roach pests, as much of the south-eastern United States is housing these imported cockroaches.

Many Charlotte residents don’t know that they have Asian cockroaches because they are commonly confused with the German cockroach; another common Charlotte pest control problem. Even though Asian cockroaches look conspicuously similar, German cockroaches are darker in color than the Asian cockroach. The Asian Cockroaches’ wings are also narrower and longer.

Because invasions of 30,000 to 250,000 Asian cockroaches (per acre) are common, large areas around infested Charlotte homes will (likely) require aggressive pest control services; to effectively eliminate the problem. Furthermore, if the area surrounding the property remains untreated, it could result in an Asian cockroach re-infestation.

Asian roaches enter Charlotte homes through gaps in doorways and windows. They’ll directly fly to your walls while avoiding baseboards and other typical German cockroach harborages.

To learn more about the Asian cockroach, click here.

Charlotte Pest Control For Asian Cockroaches

 

Out of all the different species of cockroaches, the Asian cockroach just might be the most difficult to control. One of the reasons these roaches are so difficult to control, is because they can fly. In fact, Asian cockroaches have been known to fly well over 120 feet. This means, that even if you treat the roaches on your Charlotte property, new roaches can fly in from areas that haven’t been treated with pesticides. Re-infestations can be common unless other preventative measures, like eliminating water and food sources, are taken.

The Asian cockroach is vulnerable to all pesticides, but some are more effective than others. Stay away from residual sprays. Residual sprays around the perimeter of structures are usually ineffective because there are numerous infested areas in lawns, mulch, and wooded areas. Instead, opt for toxic baits. Toxic baits applied to infested areas outdoors have provided the most reliable control. Cockroach baits have been registered for use outdoors.

Charlotte Roach Control

 

No matter the type of cockroaches infesting your home, a roach control professional can help exterminate them.

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com
 

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