This past week our technicians were called to a home in the Des Moines metro regarding a German cockroach issue. Upon our arrival, we found cockroaches floating in the water reservoir of the homeowners' Keurig coffee maker. As you can see in the image, there are adults as well as their nymphs (babies) floating in the water of the Keurig. Many homeowners who find German cockroaches within their home or business will notice them close to or within appliances due the heat they produce.
Types of Cockroaches Found in Iowa
Did you know there are four main types of cockroaches that are found in Iowa. These four are:
The German cockroach tends to be the most popular in Iowa. The species is brown in color and can grow up to ? in length. his particular cockroach tends to be an indoor pest due to their preference for moisture and heat. Most homeowners will find them around kitchens or bathrooms.
The oriental cockroach is relatively large and dark in color. They are often found in dark areas such as basements, sewers, or crawlspaces. Oriental cockroaches are also known as 'water bugs' since you can expect to find them near drains or various water sources.
The American cockroach is red-brown in color, about 1 ½ to 2 inches in length and is the largest species of cockroach found in Iowa. You will most likely find these critters outside in areas such as wood piles, sewer systems, or decaying trees.
The wood cockroach is often mistaken for the American cockroach due to the oval shaped body and brown color. They are commonly found outside, however, they can become a nuisance to homeowners when they wander inside by accident.
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Cockroaches and Health Risks
Cockroaches are known to spread up to 33 types of bacteria amongst other health problems. They spread these germs by picking them up on the spines of their legs/bodies and then carrying them to food surfaces. According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, cockroach debris can trigger asthma attacks in those who are sensitized to the cockroach allergen.
Des Moines German Cockroach Removal
Have you noticed cockroaches scurrying around your Iowa home or business? If so, call a pest professional immediately. As the leading Des Moines pest control company, our technicians at Preferred Pest can take care of your problem quickly and efficiently. To make an appointment, schedule with us online or give us a call at (515)276-7277!