American Cockroaach

Creepy, Crawly, Yucky Roach Facts!

Roach facts

At Lenny’s Pest Control of Southwest Florida we are always on the lookout for news, articles and valuable information to share with you about the Pest Control world. Today we would like to share this article we found on Roach facts. This winter has been quite a wet one so don’t be surprised if you see them coming in out of the wet cold and into your warm dry space. Remember, we are always here and available to come out to your home or place of business and give you a FREE quote on our services. It’s much better to call the experts and have us give you the peace of mind that your home is truly protected. Call 239-945-6543 today to schedule your appointment and be sure to check our specials so you can save money while you protect your home and family from those yucky unwanted pests!

Amazing Roach Facts

Run for Your Lives! 

The world’s largest roach (which lives in South America) is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.

Roach extermination Cape Coral FLRoaches By the Numbers

6 — Number of legs on a cockroach

18 — Number of knees on most cockroaches (at least!)

40– Number of minutes cockroaches can hold their breath

75 — Percentage of time that cockroaches spend just resting (how lazy can you get?)

5,000 — Number of species of cockroaches worldwide

280 million+ — Years ago that cockroaches are thought to have originated (during the Carboniferous era)

Bad News

Some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives (bummer).

The Legend of the Headless Cockroach

A cockroach can live a week without its head. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water and dies of thirst.

Wanna Race?

Cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour. (Hey, it’s no marathon, but it’s not bad.)

Better Check Those Cracks in the Wall 

Young cockroaches need only a crack as thin as a dime (about .5mm wide) to crawl into. Adult males can squeeze into a space of 1.6mm or the thickness of a quarter. Pregnant females need the most space to hide: 4.5mm or a space as tall as two stacked nickels.

Little Hearts

A cockroach heart is nothing but a simple tube with valves. The tube can pump blood backwards and forwards in the insect. The heart can even stop moving without harming the roach.

If these facts aren’t enough to satisfy you (you must really want to impress your friends)

Thirsty Critters 

Roaches can live without food for a month, but will only survive a week without water.

When Cold, Roaches Snuggle

Most species of roaches live in the tropics. But roaches live all over the world, including the North and South Poles. Pest cockroaches can withstand temperatures as cold as 32°F (0°C), but will die if the temperature goes much below that. In extremely cold places, however, they survive by moving in with humans. (Hey, quit hogging the covers!)

Better Than Air Jordans! 

Cockroaches can climb walls because they are equipped with a set of little claws on their feet designed for that very purpose.

Crushed-Roach Bandages? 

Crushed cockroaches can be applied to a stinging wound to help relieve the pain.

Smell You Later

Sniff, sniff…oh, it’s just Uncle Leo. Roaches use their feelers, or antennae, as noses. Their sense of smell is so great, they recognize family and friends by their distinctive odors.

Roach Perfume 

Female roaches attract male roaches by producing pheromones. Pheromones are chemicals that make the female roach smell REALLY good to the male roach.

Alright Kids, Beat It! 

Some female cockroaches incubate their egg cases in their bodies until they are ready to hatch. These babies stay with their mothers a day or two after they are born.


Male cockroaches transfer sperm to females in a “gift-wrapped” package called a spermatophore. Some males cover the package in a protein-rich wrapping that the female can eat to obtain nutrients to raise her young. Delicious!

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Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home or office space from unwanted, bugs and pests. We always take time to answer all your questions and educate you about what needs to be done for your home, office or lawn. We are experienced in tackling ants, roaches, mice, the Whitefly, GRUBS, termites and any other insects in your yard or living space.  We have a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home or place of business and we do the job right the first time. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service Residential or Commercial clients in the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Call us at 239-945-6543 to get a quote today!

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Moving in for the Winter

So it’s mid-January and the cold front’s finally coming our way here in sunny Southwest Florida! If you’re like me, you love the beautiful warm Florida weather but you also welcome the cool breeze of our winter climate! I love this time of year because I can give my A/C a break and just open the windows and patio doors and let the cool breeze come in. We can air out our homes and get some fresh air flowing through the house. Unfortunately the cool breeze isn’t the only thing willing and ready to come home! This is the time of the year when birds fly south, people migrate to Florida and bugs come inside your house looking for warmth!

It’s winter in Southwest Florida and everyone knows it. Does this mean the pests are at rest? Of course not. You’ve worked hard to create a Home Sweet Home retreat away from the world and perfect for all your specific needs. Our home is usually our biggest financial investment and we spend a large amount of time there. So shouldn’t your home be protected from unwanted bugs and creatures looking to protect themselves from nippy cold winter days? Here’s where we can help! Lenny’s Pest Control is here to keep your home safe and bug free all winter long!

Because the current rash of cold weather the termites are hard at work. Probably eating at the walls that are keeping you warm now. I bet you didn’t know that termites and their swarm are commonly mistaken as “flying ants”. Turning on your heat on a cold day can cause these termites to immediately start flying out of your walls. We have a blog post coming soon with all the details on Subterranean Termites in Southwest Florida so stay tuned and subscribe to our blog if you haven’t already! Fire ants, Argentine ants and other ant species, as well as American cockroaches, try to move indoors during this time as well, seeking warmth from the colder temperatures.

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Lenny’s Pest Control has a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home. We are experienced in tackling Termites and any other insects in your living space. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Call us at 239-945-6543 or visit our website at get a quote today!

Is Your Home Guest Ready?

The Holiday’s are either your favorite time of year or the time you dread most… it’s all really a matter of perspective I say! Oh, I know what you’re thinking… “Lenny, who doesn’t absolutely LOVE Christmas?” Well ask my neighbor Joe, he has a wife, five kids,  two dogs and a cat with a tree full a presents for everyone and the in-laws coming in from out of town. He says he has nothing against the Holidays, it’s his wallet that really dislikes this time of year with all the extra spending. Of course even the dogs and cat just have to have new toys to open up on Christmas day! Really? Yes!, pet lovers really buy gifts for their pets too. They are, after all, a part of the family!

So you think Joe should just save up for this time of year and suck it up right? Well that’s kinda what I was thinking but he said the worst of his problems wasn’t really the gifts or the spending… he did, after all, fight the nightmare shopping on black Friday and got most of it out of the way. So I ask, what’s all the Bah Humbug! and sour face about Joe? His response was actually one I hear a lot this time of year, so I should have guessed what was really bothering him.

Well, it’s the in-laws coming in from out of town and staying for a whole two weeks! Yikes and this year aunt Pat and uncle Gene are coming down with them and you know how grumpy she is. Double Yikes! Lenny you know I love family, but the next two weeks of my life will be the most challenging… can I just come over and camp out in your living room?

At this point, I’m wondering… they can’t be that bad, can they? So I ask – What’s the worst that can happen? He sighs, well last year the family left and went to a hotel because Spot, the dog, had fleas and my mother-in-law is allergic. Needless to say, that didn’t go over to well and I heard about it for the next six months! The year before that she swore we had bed bugs and she complained the entire two weeks! Honestly, I’m just afraid of what she’s going to find this year.  You know with all the rain and what not, I’ve seen an American Cockroach or two and the last thing I need is to hear her and aunt Pat scaring the living daylights out of Pops and uncle Gene with all the yelling and screaming over a tiny bug. I sprayed that bug spray from the hardware store but I don’t know if I got them all.

And you know how they get to baking and what not this time of year. Well, Suzy found some tiny black bugs in the flour the other day so we had to throw it out and clean out the pantry. I can just imagine the fit they’re going to throw if there’s more where that one came from! What do you call those? Pantry Pests!? Lenny! What am I gonna do? Hide me please!

Joe, really? Is that all your stressing about? Aren’t you the luckiest guy in Cape Coral to have a neighbor that just happens to be a pest control expert? I’ll come over tomorrow and give you a complete interior and exterior pest control home protection! We’ll make sure you don’t have any roaches, pantry pests, ticks, fleas, grubs, mice or termites! Don’t worry my friend, I got you covered! We’ll make sure your home is guest ready and bug free… can’t help you with the other pest problems though – I have my own in-laws to deal with you know! Call us at 239-945-6543 to get your home guest ready and pest free today!

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Happy Holiday’s from Lenny’s Pest Control. We wish you a joyous and bug free, love filled Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

The American Cockroach – Nothing to be proud of!

So they say April showers bring May flowers but that’s not all they bring and their friendly gifts aren’t limited to only the month of May either! Rainy season in Southwest FL brings us unwanted house guests of a creepy crawly kind of nature. Yes, I’m talking about the American Cockroach or water bug as some people call ’em.

Since we’ve had quite a bit of rain this season you might see a roach or two, or three or four… crawling around your kitchen or bathroom at night. Some of them are even bold enough to come out in the day light and prance around your kitchen counter in search for their next delicious meal! It’s very important to keep a clean home if you want bugs to stay away because they love leftovers, crumbs, trash, debris and just sweet, icky, sticky stuff that they call food. I recommend you put all your food away before going to bed at night, wipe down your counters with some fantastic and take the trash out often. I’m not trying to tell you how to do your housekeeping now, just giving you some friendly bug advice to try and keep these big roaches away! They’re ugly buggers too and they can be quite unnerving to some people.

I got a frantic call from a client this week asking us to come out and get a handle on the bug problem in his house and it wasn’t necesarily the bugs that were bothering him so much but his wife’s horrific screams every time she was startled by one in her daily comings and goings. You’d think the world was coming to an end by the way she yelled and screamed and started throwing things. He said the last thing he needs is another reason for her to interupt his football season – again! So I felt sorry for the guy so I had to come right over!

I had to reassure him and her that these aren’t permanent house guests and even though a interior spray is needed and this was no laughing matter but it wasn’t the worst of bug problems either. You see they’re just coming in from the rain in search for some dry space. They don’t like all the water in their home so they decide to come camp out in yours.  No, I know that’s not very comforting but it is important to understand that these bugs will appear more during the rainy season and they aren’t the worst kind of roaches to have.

The small roaches are the ones that you really want to worry about because they love to live and breed and stay inside your home. If you see the small ones, call me right away and I’ll be RIGHT over to take care of it for you. 239-945-6543  Here some details and information that you might appreciate below.

Cockroaches are easy to recognize. Reddish-brown in color they have antennae longer than their body, and the shield behind the head has a yellowish margin. Adults have wings but immature cockroaches are wingless. One-and-a-half to two-inch long cockroaches are common in Florida.

Cockroaches are found in warm moist areas, and you will see them in cracks and crevices of foundations, in garages, or under mulch in the yard. In Florida, it is not uncommon to find them in houses or on porches. They feed on a variety of plant and animal material.


American roaches are reddish-brown in color with a pale-brown or yellow band
behind the head.


1-1 ½- inches in length. They are the largest of the house-infesting


These cockroaches dwell outside but often enter houses after heavy rainfall or other extreme weather. They may enter via sewer connections, under doors, around utilitypipes, air ducts, or other openings in the foundation. When disturbed they may run rapidly and adults may fly.

American cockroaches prefer warm temperatures and do not tolerate cold climates. Because of their fondness of sewers, large populations of American cockroaches will be seen in many cities after heavy rains or flooding. Females produce egg cases that hatch in 6-8 weeks. The nymphs require 6 to 12 months to mature. Adult cockroaches can live up to one year, during which females produce an average of 150 young.

They are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders that will consume decaying organic matter, but being a scavenger, they will eat almost anything. They prefer sweets but has been known to eat paper, book bindings, the soft part on the inside of animal hides, cloth and dead insects.

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