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Believe it or not, cockroaches are actually very common in the Boise area, and all of them require extensive pest control treatment methods. Here are three of the most common to the Treasure Valley:
Brown Banded Cockroaches: Adults are about a half inch long, with a characteristic brown bands that cross the body at the base of the abdomen and at he mid abdomen. Brown banded cockroaches prefer warm and dry locations, such as near refrigerator motor housings, on the upper walls of cabinets, and inside pantries, closets, dressers, and furniture in general. They can also be found behind picture frames and beneath tables and chairs, and inside clocks, radios, light switch plates, doorframes, and dressers.
A female adult has a life span of 13 to 45 weeks; each female produces about 600 descendants per year.
Adult German cockroaches are 1/2 to 5/8 inch long and typically light brown in color. This cockroach is also identified by two dark parallel lines running from the back of the head to the wings. German roaches are found in kitchens and in bathrooms of residential homes. German cockroaches are prolific; they produce a large number of eggs, and young quickly reach sexual maturity.
Adults are large; approximately 1-1/2 inches long. Aside from their large size, American cockroaches are identified by a reddish brown color with yellowish edges. These roaches are found indoors in dark, warm and moist areas like basements, bathrooms, pipes, etc. The number of offspring per reproductive female per year averages close to 800.