American cockroaches are the most common complaint among homeowners, renters, and business owners. Cockroaches even make appearances on a Yelp review or two. Roaches are creepy, crunchy insects that scurry around your home when you aren’t looking for them. The American cockroach won’t bite or sting, but they present a health hazard in your home. Does your home have cockroaches? Get to know the American cockroach!
What do American Roaches Look Like?
The American cockroach (periplaneta Americana), also called a water bug, is a brown or rust color with a distinct yellow band that outlines the area behind their heads. Typically, the male is smaller than the female. Full-grown roaches can get up to 3 inches long.
When a female reproduces, she can lay up to 16 eggs in a single capsule. When the female American roach lays her egg capsule, she creates a protective barrier around the eggs to keep them safe. A female roach will leave her eggs in dark and protected areas, such as in your basement, attic, shed, cupboards, or behind doors. It takes only 5 months for a hatched nymph to become a fully grown adult roach. When this happens, they grow wings that allow them to fly, and they can begin to reproduce.
Where do American Cockroaches Infest?
American roaches infest homes in the least obvious spaces and prefer to live where shelter is warm and moist. This is one of the reasons for the water-bug nickname; they like drains, laundry rooms, and other wet areas. Your basement, under your cupboards, in your bathroom, under your sink, and in your tub are ideal places for the American roach to settle down and start a family.
What Does This Type of Roach Eat?
The answer to that is: what is lying around that day. American cockroaches are opportunistic feeders will eat any crumbs and morsels on your kitchen floor, in your game room, open in your basement, and in your pantry. Wherever you have food and a water source, you can find the American cockroach.
When American cockroaches are found living outside, they feed on natural food such as algae, fungi, and leaves. When they invade your home, they will eat any food they find on the floor or uncovered in cupboard and pantries. This includes pet food and bird food, as well.
Are American Cockroaches Dangerous?
If you're wondering if they bite and sting, the answer is no, but that doesn’t mean the American cockroach isn't dangerous. Roaches leave their droppings all over your home, especially in the areas where they hide. Roach droppings look like mouse droppings, but they don’t have the pointed ends like mice poop does. This puts your family at risk for disease and irritation. Roach droppings can end up in your food and can become ingested by small children.
American cockroaches are small and travel across the floor as well as other filthy areas. This is where these roaches pick up harmful bacteria that spreads disease. The germs they pick up on their legs and under their bodies are harmful to your health. Cockroaches can cause illnesses like diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, salmonella, and typhoid fever. American cockroaches can also cause respiratory issues and allergies in certain individuals.
Cockroaches are smelly, too. And the more you have in your home, the worse the odor. This is because the American cockroach releases a pheromone. Once roaches start releasing the pheromone, more show up. Not only does this smell make your house stink, but it can trigger asthma and allergy attacks.
Can Innovative Pest Control Eliminate American Cockroaches?
Yes. If you have a roach infestation in your Texas home, you need professional services to get rid of American cockroaches in your home and business for good. A licensed and trained professional will look for signs of a roach infestation, identify the ways in which roaches are entering your home, and provide you with a plan to get rid of roaches. They are also equipped with the expertise to control American roaches so you don’t face a costly infestation in the future. For professional home pest control plans or commercial pest control in East Texas, reach out to us to schedule an appointment!
American Cockroach Prevention Tips
You play a big role in prevention cockroaches from invading your home.
- Clean your home often, removing crumbs from the floors and cupboards.
- Vacuum your home daily, and make sure you get in the deep dark places.
- Control the moisture in your basement, attic, bathrooms, laundry room, and kitchen.
- Fix weather-stripping around your home and seal your windows and doors.
- Fix any damaged windows in your basement.
- Seal any gaps around your garage door.
- Remove yard debris from the outside of your home.
Call the technicians at Innovative Pest Control for more prevention and control tips, and to get rid of American cockroaches in your home.
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