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Cockroaches are serious survivors so once you allow an infestation to occur, they are very hard to eliminate, unless you hire a trusted and reliable pest exterminator. While there are more than 4,000 cockroach varieties, only about 30 try to live with humans. There are four varieties in particular that cause problems in the U.S., the American, German, Asian, and Oriental cockroaches. They are excellent adapters and they multiply very quickly, especially the German female cockroach which lives only about 200 days yet produces hundreds of cockroaches in her lifetime. You may not see the cockroaches at first as they like to hide, can live for up to a month without food and are nocturnal. They like to eat dead insects, book bindings, furniture glue, and more. It’s vital to eradicate cockroaches in your home as soon as possible as they are known to lead to health problems including asthma in children.


If you’re based in the Wichita, KS area, Patton Termite & Pest, with over 100 years of experience as a pest exterminator, can help you with your roach problem.


The two cockroaches we see most often in Wichita are:

  • American cockroaches, also called Palmetto cockroaches, are the most common cockroach in North America, though relatively uncommon in Michigan. They are larger than the German roaches, usually about  1 1/2 inches and reddish brown in color.
  • Oriental cockroaches, often referred to as “waterbugs” in the south, are very dark brown or shiny black. The female is slightly longer than the male—1 1/4 inch compared with 1 inch. Unlike other domestic cockroaches, the female does not develop wings, but produces only short, triangular wing pads. The male has wings, but they are short and broad, leaving about one quarter of the abdomen exposed.

How can I tell if I have cockroaches?

Usually cockroaches are seen throughout the home, including in basements, attics, kitchens, and bathrooms. They can even be found inside of electronics! Because of the cockroach’s ability to reproduce itself extremely quickly, even sighting a single cockroach in the home should raise enough concern to contact a professional pest exterminator immediately.

Can I prevent cockroaches?

Cockroaches are a fact of life in city living and more urban areas. However, professionals can take steps to make sure you don’t get them back once they are gone.

Can you treat cockroaches by yourself, without a professional?

There is little to no chance that you will be able to eliminate cockroaches from your home without professional help. They are notoriously formidable and don’t kill easily. Because they are so dirty, and breed so easily, it is best to get a professional pest exterminator, as you have no idea where they may be hiding.

How long does a cockroach treatment typically take?

Treatments will depend on the severity and extent of the infestation. You will have to work with the Patton Termite & Pest team to get a true time estimate. Cockroaches can take a while to remove completely, and you will need to remain vigilant for a few months post removal.

Call Patton Termite & Pest at (316) 773-3825
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