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Larry and Sheryl Miller - Owners

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Cockroaches pose an indirect threat to humans with their potential to transmit disease.   They will consume almost anything, including contaminated food.  Bacteria from the contaminated food can remain in the cockroach digestive system for weeks, to later contaminate human food and utensils.

While there are over 3,500 species of cockroach in the world, two species are particularly troublesome in northeast Kansas:  the German Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach.

The German Cockroach (Blattella germanica) is the most prevalent species in homes, apartments, supermarkets and restaurants.  Adults are about 5/8" in length, brown in color, with two dark stripes extending from the head and a pair of non-functional wing covers protecting the rest of the body.  Males are light brown and somewhat boat-shaped, while females are slightly darker with a broader and rounder posterior. 

German cockroaches favor a humid environment with an average temperature of approximately 70 degrees.  They thrive in warm, dark and damp areas that contain food and water, such as near plumbing fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms.  Other favorite places include kitchen appliances and hot water heaters.

The Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis) is so dark brown in color that it is often referred to as the "black beetle".  The adult is about 1" in length.  The male has fully developed wings but apparently does not fly.  The female has rudimentary wings which are reduced to mere lobes. 

Oriental cockroaches often travel through sewer pipes and live on filth.  They may enter the home in food packages and laundry, come in under doors, or enter through air ducts or ventilators.  Large populations are common in trash chutes.  This species is most commonly found in dark, damp basements, but it sometimes reaches upper floors via water pipes.  Reducing dampness by fixing foundation leaks, improving ventilation, trimming shrubbery, and permitting sunlight to enter will often reduce infestations.

Miller Pest Control's approach for Total Roach Elimination includes a multi-phased program consisting of inspection, treatments, client education and follow-up visits.  Our inspections will allow us to locate as many cockroach hiding areas as possible.  The findings of the inspection and your personal situation will tell us what type of control will be most effective and safe for your situation.  Whether chemicals are applied to cracks and crevices as sprays or dust, or through a bating program, Miller Pest Control will work towards meeting your needs in a safe and effective manner.

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