All You Ever Needed To Know Concerning The American Cockroach

What Do American Cockroaches Look Like?

Fully grown American cockroaches average between 1.4″ to 1.6″ in size, yet they can grow to surpass 2″. American cockroaches are red brown in color with a yellow band that outlines the region behind their head. Both males and females have wings and can fly short distances.

Do American Cockroaches Bite?

American cockroaches have the ability to bite, although they almost never do. If a bite happens, it should not be problematic unless it gets infected.

Signs of An Infestation

There are 4 indications of an American cockroach infestation.

  1. Homeowners will likely see the fast-moving insects themselves typically scrambling to dark places.
  2. American cockroaches leave behind droppings in the dark spots in which they hide. These tiny droppings are blunt on the ends and have ridges on the sides. They are commonly mistaken for mouse droppings, so it‘s important to contact a licensed pest control expert for appropriate identification.
  3. The existence of egg capsules, which are approximately 8 mm long and dark-colored. Egg capsules are in some cases glued to a surface near food sources, and can be discovered in cellars, utility rooms and kitchen areas, as well as behind appliances or below cupboards.
  4. The American cockroach will produce a pheromone that some people describe as having a “musty” smell. Individuals with sensitive noses may notice this odor around your house.
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How To Exterminate American Cockroaches

Cockroaches are some of the most durable bugs on the planet. They exhibit special survival methods, including the ability to live for a week without their head. This makes eliminating American cockroaches an uphill struggle for homeowners to do themselves.

Individuals can take actions, nonetheless, to mitigate American cockroach issues through barrier exclusion and cleanliness. Barrier exclusion entails preventing cockroaches from getting in the home via tiny cracks in walls, openings near electric sockets and switch plates, and up through drains. Use a silicone-based caulk to seal off these openings.

Having a clean and sanitary residence will also make it less welcoming to American cockroaches. Homeowners should keep counters, sinks, tables and floors free of clutter and crumbs. Do not let dishes pile up in the sink or spills marinate on the counter top. It’s also good practice to store food in airtight containers and avoid leaving pet food out in the open.

Some other methods to prevent American cockroaches include vacuuming at the very least once a week to remove food debris, aerating crawl spaces to prevent moisture build up and running water periodically in spare bathrooms to keep u-traps filled up.

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