One of the most common cockroaches to be found in the United States is the American cockroach. This is also one of the largest species of cockroaches that is known to carry diseases. Many homes are unfortunately victim to these pests as they are frequently found inside the kitchen, bathrooms and basements. Stewart Termite & Pest Control would like to share more about American cockroaches and what you need to do to keep these pests out of your home.
American Cockroach Identification
American cockroaches are actually native to Africa and were introduced to America in the 1600’s by trade ships. The American cockroach is one of the larger species to roam America. On average, they can grow up to 1½ inches long. However, some have been found to exceed 2 inches. Both male and female American cockroaches have long wings and can fly short distances. They are a reddish brown color with a pale horizontal figure eight marking on their head. American cockroaches are known to bite, but cases are rare and have no effect on humans.
Signs of American Cockroaches
When American cockroaches invade they will often leave behind signs. One is, of course, seeing the pests directly. Another sign is there droppings which resemble and are often mistaken for mice droppings. They like dim areas which is where the droppings will mostly be found. As they reproduce, they will leave behind egg capsules which cam be about ½ inch long and are brownish orange in color. When infestation gets really bad, the home will develop a nasty musty like odor which is produced by the cockroaches.
When controlling American cockroaches, it is important to first keep them out of your home. Start by making sure that cockroaches cannot enter through the doors and windows in the home. Window screens need to be functional and windows need to be able to close all the way. Doors should also be sealed when closed. At times, the weatherstripping needs to be replaced to keep pest out. Cover chimneys and attic ventilation with wire meshing to make sure cockroaches can’t climb into the home. Another way to help keep cockroaches away from your home is by maintaining a clean yard. American cockroaches love dense trees. They also like to feed on decaying leaves. The cleaner the yard is, the less places they can hide or find food they can eat. At night avoid leaving the lights on outside as American cockroaches love the light and will come onto the patios and porches. Keep trash cans closed and trash bags sealed as cockroaches congregate near trash disposal sites.
To combat cockroaches, a professional pest control service is highly recommended. We have the best treatment methods and can also change up the pest control formula which is key in controlling cockroaches. When your home is under invasion of American cockroaches and your need a quality pest control service, contact Stewart Termite & Pest Control today.