Sometimes we come across little known facts about local pests that we feel a need to share it with everyone. This blog post isn’t about creating more fear, it’s just to keep the public aware of local pests and their unknown abilities. After reading today’s short post you will also be able to differentiate between Asian cockroaches and German ones.
If you were to line up 3 school buses end to end, that’s about how long an Asian cockroach can fly, roughly 120 feet. On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane in North Carolina. The flight lasted 12 seconds and also covered 120 feet. I wander if the Wright brothers knew they had just flown as far as an Asian cockroach then?
The Northwest Florida Daily News even recently did an article about these little pests because they are now found in such abundance in the Panhandle. The newspaper basically described the biggest difference between these pest as the following:
- Asian cockroaches can fly, German ones cannot
- Asian cockroaches prefer the outdoors, German ones like it indoors
- Asian cockroaches can only live inside for a few hours, German ones multiply rapidly indoors
- Asian cockroaches are drawn to light (easily fly indoors at night), German ones run from light
If you want to get rid of these flying roaches spraying around the perimeter of your home is usually unsuccessful because of numerous infested areas in adjacent lawns, mulched and wooded areas. In fact, Asian cockroaches can reach over 200,000 roaches per acre if the infestation gets bad enough. Because this species thrives out in the landscape in such great numbers and because of the distance they fly, the best way to control them is to have a professional, in addition to treating your house, also do a yard treatment (with baits, sprays, etc) that extends well away from the house so as to control them at the source. Call us today to give you a free quote at 850-682-5354 or request a free pest control estimate online here. We proudly service the Crestview, Defuniak Springs, Ft. Walton Beach, Destin, Freeport, Milton, and Niceville, FL area for your pest control needs.