Cockroaches: Common or Controversial

Cockroaches: Common or Controversial?  By Dr. Stuart Mitchell Traced back over 200 million years through the fossil record, cockroaches are primitive, but their diversity is almost unrivaled. Globally, over 4,000 species of cockroaches exist. Pest pressures are represented by about 50 species. Pestiferous species originate from tropical countries. Resulting from international travel and trade importation,…

Introducing The Turkistan Cockroach

The Turkistan cockroach is the most prolific in St. George, Hurricane, and surrounding communities. Typically local home and business owners will call once the nymphs (juvenile roaches) are seen. Below is a great picture of a nymph and an adult. The nymphs are a deep red with a black rear end. They will have this…

Introducing the Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental cockroach will reach an inch or so and look like someone took black boot polish to them and polished’em up. They are shiny black and require a great deal of moisture. They predominantly live in irrigation control boxes and the sewer system. If you are like me and take your dog on evening…

Introducing the American Cockroach

The American cockroach will reach 2 inches at full growth and can fly. However, their flight looks something like a drunken pilot with no concern for stick or throttle control; not the most graceful flight pattern you will admire in nature. The American cockroach’s primary diet is dead or dying organic material. Yard clipping, mulch,…

The German Cockroach in St. George: A Difficult Foe

The German Cockroach (Blattella germanica) The German cockroach is the ultimate survivor. They eat just about anything, can live just about anywhere, and can become resistant to commonly used insecticides. The German cockroach is the most common roach to infest homes in the United States. Luckily they are not the most common to infest homes…

The Four Cockroaches of St. George

The St. George area is unlucky enough to have four cockroaches infesting its cracks and crevices daily. They are the American, Oriental, German, and Turkistan cockroaches. Luckily three out of the four are exterior roaches preferring yard clippings and mulch. The American cockroach will reach 2 inches at full growth and can fly. However, their…