What You Have Always Wanted To Know About The Roaches In Las Vegas

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Some of the most beautiful and unique buildings in the world are in Las Vegas. Whether you're interested in visiting the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, the Luxor Pyramid, or the Echelon Resort, they all have one commonality; they can all have problems with cockroaches. Cockroaches don't care where you reside. Whether it's a glitzy building or a humble home, cockroaches threaten any building making Las Vegas pest control necessary.

Can All Cockroaches Fly Around?

Not all cockroaches fly around. Immature cockroaches (nymphs) don't have wings at all. Some adult cockroach species develop short wings (undeveloped wing pads) that don't function for flight, and some adult varieties never grow wings. Many cockroaches with fully developed wings prefer not to fly or only use them to fly short spurts and distances. Whether a cockroach can fly or not doesn't prevent them from entering homes; two species, in particular, are common in homes and can cause many problems for homeowners.

What Is The Difference Between An American And German Cockroach?

American and German cockroaches are the species that most people in the United States encounter. Significant differences between the two species can help homeowners identify which cockroach has invaded their dwelling.

Five differences between American cockroaches and German cockroaches include:

  1. American cockroaches are (between 1 1/4 to 2 1/8 inches long) larger than German cockroaches (1/2 to 5/8 inches long).
  2. American cockroaches are reddish-brown with a pale yellow figure eight on the back of their head; German cockroaches are paler with light brown/tan (almost parallel) bands across their back and behind their heads.
  3. American cockroaches prefer the outdoors and typically move indoors during colder weather; German cockroaches prefer indoors (making them a more persistent home intruder).
  4. American cockroaches tend to lurk in basements, drains, and crawl spaces, whereas German cockroaches usually prefer kitchens and bathrooms.
  5. American cockroaches may fly; German cockroaches rarely fly.

Small or large, no homeowners want to deal with a cockroach infestation. When you see one, more are sure to follow. Homeowners who desire effective and efficient cockroach removal should have a local pest professional like Anderson Pest Control nearby.

Are Cockroaches And Beetles Related?

While cockroaches and beetles are insects, they get classified in different orders, which means they are not related. Several differences between the two can help homeowners identify which pest is in their home.

Differences between cockroaches and beetles include:

  • Cockroach bodies are typically narrow, flat, and oval. Beetle bodies are usually thicker and rounder.
  • Cockroaches have two pairs of wings (paperlike/leathery), while beetles have rigid outer wing covers (like a shell) that protect their flying wings.
  • Cockroach legs are long with visible spikes; beetle legs are often shorter and closer to their body.
  • Cockroaches are speedy; beetles tend to move slowly.
  • Cockroach antennae are long and move a lot; beetles' antennae are shorter.

Whether your home has cockroaches or beetles, they are both unacceptable housemates. With help from Anderson Pest Control, pest removal and prevention is obtainable.

How Can I Get Rid Of All Cockroaches In My Home Forever?

The only way to truly get rid of cockroaches from your home is with help from the pest professionals at Anderson Pest Control. Customer service sets us apart from other pest companies. Family-owned and local, our company has been serving the Las Vegas area since 2002. If you want a company that stands behind its work and always goes the extra mile for our customers, call Anderson Pest Control today.