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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

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

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

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.