Asian Cockroach Control in Savannah

The Asian cockroach has developed into a major problem insect for many homes and businesses in our area. First identified in Florida in 1986, this species of cockroach has steadily moved north over the years and has now been reported in Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and South Carolina.

Is it a German or Asian Roach?

Other than basic habits, it is very difficult to tell the difference between German (often referred to as “kitchen” or “dirty” roaches) and Asian cockroaches. 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 250,000 insects per acre! The Asian roach is attracted to light, therefore one control method is to switch to yellow bulbs for exterior lighting where possible.

This alone will help reduce activity around your home or business. Also, make sure screens and doors are fit well to help prevent un-wanted insects from flying or crawling in.

Feeding Habits

Like German cockroaches, Asian roaches will feed on just about anything, therefore, items such as outdoor trash receptacles should be kept away from the home when possible and fitted with a lid that closes and seals properly. The large trash can at my home is where I often find the most activity. Heavy leaf litter and mulch are great areas for insects such as the Asian roach to flourish. Try to keep landscaping tidy and do not allow large
amounts of leaf litter to build up around your home. This condition sometimes is also a contributing factor to termite infestations.

With populations on the rise throughout the southeast, it appears the Asian cockroach will join the ranks of the palmetto bug and mosquitoes as yet another pest to deal with every year.