Cockroaches & Crickets ID
There are 4 species of cockroaches in the Pacific Northwest, the German, American, Brown-Banded and the Oriental Cockroach. Cockroaches are 1- 1.5 inches in size, brown to black in color, and have long thin antennae.
The German Cockroach is the most common species that is found in the interiors of Seattle / Puget Sound area homes. They have two dark streaks behind their heads. They are often brought into the home by used appliances or cardboard boxes.
Studies have indicated that cockroaches are a significant contributor to childhood asthma and should be treated without delay. For more information on treatment see Beetles, Cockroaches, Crickets.
Crickets are an annoyance pest that are somewhat related to the grasshopper. There are over 900 species of crickets and are identified by their flattened-like bodies, long antennae, and jumping hind legs.
They can sometimes be mistaken for grasshoppers, but their is no mistake about what differentiates the two, and what makes crickets a nuisance; crickets chirp. The common misconception is that crickets produce the chirp through the rubbing of their hind legs. In fact, the sound is produced by an organ that runs along the bottom of their wings. Their wing membranes actually work as an amplifier by creating an acoustical sail.
For Cricket removal see Beetles, Cockroaches, Crickets.
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