Cockroach Removal

Hogarth’s Wildlife and Animal Removal specializes in Cockroach removal.

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Cockroaches have become so comfortable living around people that it can be extremely difficult to control them without the help of a pest control professional. They are extremely active at night and prefer to hide in warm, dark, humid spaces. They are commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, or basements. If a cockroach is spotted during the day, it’s very likely that an infestation is present. Roaches prefer to hide in tight places, such as cracks in walls, gaps in joints, or under piles of trash. They like e to group together and will often produce a musty, noticeable smell. These pests will feed on almost anything and can reproduce rapidly.

Cockroaches can carry a variety of diseases and viruses on their body. When feeding, roaches will walk, spit and defecate on food and the spaces that they occupy. Allergies, such as asthma, can be triggered by droppings and the remains of dead roaches. A big part of controlling cockroaches, along with a professional pest control treatment, is maintaining cleanliness. When food and fifth is left out, they will feed and reproduce.

Hogarth’s Pest Control does a large number of cockroach jobs in Northern Michigan, and they can be found in homes year-round, depending on the type of roach and living situation. Most of the roaches we deal with on a regular basis are the German Roaches, which are known as the “filth” roach or restaurant roach. The four most common roaches found in Northern Michigan are the American, German, Oriental, and Brown Banded roach.

American Roach

The American roach is commonly called the water bug, or in southern states, the Palmetto Bug. Large numbers of these roaches live in moist and humid habitats, such as boiler rooms and warm basements.

Asian Roach

The Asian Roach is primarily found in warm and moist regions. It is typically only brought to Michigan from travelers coming from warmer states.

Brown Banded Roach

The Brown Banded Roach is not as widespread as the German Roach. They can be identified by the brown band behind their head near their rear. They prefer very warm, high areas and are mostly found in kitchens.

German Roach

The German Roach is the most common roach found in Michigan. It’s found in restaurants, homes, hotels, and anywhere food is present. They can be identified by the two black stripes just below their head with a tapering abdomen and are light to dark brown in color. They are typically hitchhikers and are spread to restaurants on delivery trucks and/or food and beverage crates. They feed on a large variety of foods, just as humans do. They can become a huge problem because they reproduce so rapidly. They are nocturnal and they are swift movers. Sanitation along with a professional pesticide treatment is the best methods for eradication. Due to the reproduction cycle it is common to require more than one treatment to eliminate.

Oriental Roach

Adult Oriental Roaches are dark brown or shiny black in color. They are slow movers and are found in basements, sewers, drains, under mulch and other damp locations.

Smokey Brown Roach

The Smokey Brown Roach is a plant feeder that is mainly found outdoors, though it can also be found in greenhouses, mostly from being carried in.

Surinam Roach

The Surinam Roach is commonly found in Florida and South Texas.

Wood Roach

To an untrained eye, Wood Roaches look very similar to the German Cockroach. Wood roaches are actually a lighter in color and do not contain the tell tail sign all German roaches have, which is two black lines on the top of their head. These roaches are commonly found in wood, mulch, and other organic debris around a structure, and are not considered “filth roaches” like German Cockroaches. During the summer months when populations become abundant, customers will call in saying that they are finding German Cockroaches in their homes, when a lot of the time it is actually the Wood Roach that has made its way into the structure. Once inside, these roaches do not survive for very long. Performing exclusion work around the structure and having a barrier treatment done around the base of your home will help to keep these nuisance roaches out.

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