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Cockroaches are found in the Des Moines area. Cockroaches are nasty and very difficult to control. If you have cockroaches the best thing you can do is call a professional to help you eradicate this problem from your home. Most often these bugs travel into your home as stowaways. Cockroaches hitch a ride in to your home in a grocery bag, or in with cardboard boxes. Once they are in your home they are very difficult to control. What makes theses pests so difficult to get rid of is their ability reproduce and survive. Cockroaches crawl into the smallest little spaces and hide themselves. Often they are very good at hiding and do not come out in daylight. Proper treatment depends on a thorough inspection and accurate identification. Once it is known where the cockroaches are hiding and feeding they can be treated.

The only way to eliminate a cockroach infestation is to use an integrated approach to pest management. There must be multiple methods taken and the home owner must work with our Downs Pest Control technicians to eliminate the roach infestation. Sanitation combined with baits, insect growth regulators, insecticides and knowledge of different cockroaches and their eggs cycle can eradicate these nasty infestations.

Types of Cockroaches Found in and Around Des Moines:

German Cockroach

German Cockroaches are a common pest found in Des Moines and central Iowa
  • Grow to be ” in length
  • Prefers areas close to water supply like kitchens and bathrooms
  • Most common household cockroach found in central Iowa and Des Moines area
  • Have a very fast reproduction rate-30 to 40 eggs per capsule and up to 8 capsules
  • Resilient to most pesticides

German cockroaches are found primarliy indoors because of the availablity of shelter, food, water, and warm conditions. Most often German cockroaches are found in the kitchen because they require the moisture that is readily available to the cockroaches.  Adult German cockroaches can live for about 6 months and females can produce between 4 and 8 egg cases during their lifetime. Female German cockroaches will carry the egg case while it develops and only releases the egg case hours before they hatch. Each German cockroach egg case will produce approximately 28 nymphs.1


American Cockroach

American Cockroaches are commonly found in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Largest of most common household cockroaches found in Des Moines and central Iowa. 
  • Prefers to live in warm moist places- i.e. basements and sewers
  • During life cycle, females can give birth to over 150 young

Oriental Cockroach

  • Grow to be about 1” in length
  • Male Oriental cockroaches have large wings, females have small wings
  • Found mostly outside and in basements
  • Produces about 120 young in life span

Brownbanded Cockroach

  • About ” to ” in length
  • Less confined than other cockroaches, can be found almost anywhere in the house
  • Able to infest entire structures
  • Can produce over 250 young in life span
To find out which type of treatment is needed to control the cockroaches in your home or business, our Downs Pest Control certified technicians will inspect the area to find out which species it is. The type of treatment used to control the cockroaches is based off the type of species that is found. The best way of getting rid of cockroaches is to limit the number of offspring they can have. With our integrated approach, which includes mechanical, cultural, and chemical methods, Downs Pest Control can get rid of your infestation, guaranteed. Remember, the best way to not have cockroaches come back is prevention. The best ways of prevention are:
  • Clean up spilled foods
  • Fix the leaky faucets or pipes
  • Fill in the cracks and crevices with caulk or screens
  • Keep the area sanitary and clean
Downs Pest Control serves the Des Moines area. Call today for a free estimate over the phone!
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Downs Pest Control serves residential and commercial customers in and around the Des Moines area. We serve hotels, restaurants, condos, apartments, duplexes, homes, and most other institutions in the communities surrounding Des Moines; Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Hartford, Indianola, Johnston, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and other communities. We strive to offer high quality cockroach services at affordable prices. We offer other general pest control services that are targeted to your pest control needs. We strive to be central Iowa's most trusted cockroach exterminator.


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