Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you. Asian Cockroach Control The Asian Cockroach is almost exactly identical in appearance to the German cockroach, but may be slightly lighter in color than the German, with slightly longer and narrower wings. Another distinguishing characteristic of the Asian Cockroach is that it will take flight when disturbed, even during the day, whereas German roaches rarely if ever fly.
Collections from commercial buildings, residential areas and feral sites indicate that the Asian cockroach has been present in the Houston area for at least several years prior to its discovery this year. First identified as a newly introduced species near Lakeland, Fla. It is unknown if the Texas infestation is a range extension of the populations in Florida and other southeastern states, or if it represents an unrelated introduction. Similar in appearance to the common indoor German cockroach, the habitat and behavior of the Asian cockroach differs markedly from its domestic cousin. Asian cockroaches are both feral and peridomestic.
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The Asian cockroach has developed into a major problem insect for many homes and businesses in our area. First identified in Florida in , this species of cockroach has steadily moved north over the years and has now been reported in Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and South Carolina. Asian roaches are naturally found outdoors and are strong fliers, both of which are untrue of German roaches. Asian roaches are often found in moist landscape environments, compost bins, and outdoor trash receptacles. In extreme infestations, populations may number up to , insects per acre!