Cockroach control can prove to be challenging, as the pest itself is know for evasive behavior that makes detection difficult until population sizes are to large to conceal. Infestations are not common in homes, but may occur if conditions are conducive and include ample food sources. More likely infestations occur in commercial settings, such as restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals, dormitories and hotels. With the proper tools and information, do-it-yourself pest control can be successfully implemented to destroy infestations and prevent future occurrences.
Around the world there are over 3,500 different types of roaches. The two most common kinds are the American Cockroach and the German Cockroach, both of which are frequently referred to as Palmetto bugs. Cockroaches are typically a shade of brown, and have 6 legs, an elongated body and a hard, shell-like backside. The American Cockroach has the ability to fly, whereas some species do not. Cockroaches can produce a nasty odor, and are known to hiss or chirp. In hospital and nursing home settings cockroaches can be especially dangerous as they are known to trigger allergic reactions, and asthma.