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.
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.
There are 4 indications of an American cockroach infestation.
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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