American Cockroach Prevention Tips
May 4, 2018
American cockroaches have the reputation of being a dirty pest, and with good reason. One, they thrive in environments where there is a lot of food to eat like fallen crumbs, uncovered food, exposed pet food and more. Two, they scurry through trash and animal feces and carry whatever they pick up there on their bodies. Both situations do not evoke visions of cleanliness, thus this reputation is well deserved. There are several things you can do in your home to try to prevent American cockroaches, and some experts you can turn to if your prevention methods do not work.
There are a wide variety of cockroach species. The American cockroach is the most common and is distinguished by its brown or rust colored body and characteristic yellow band around the bottom of its head or “neck” area. An adult female cockroach can grow up to 3” in length!
American cockroaches are sometimes referred to as water bugs because they thrive in wet environments. You may find them in your drains, under kitchen sinks, or in wet basements. They will also lay their eggs in dark protected areas, so you may find them in pantries, cabinets, basement corners, attics and more.
Keeping your house clean and removing their food source is a great way to prevent the American cockroach from making your home their own. You can do this by wiping down counters and tables and sweeping up crumbs as soon as you spot them. Vacuum your carpets daily to remove any tasty morsels. Cover all food in airtight containers including pet food and birdseed.
Be sure to fix any leaks as soon as they occur to keep your basement, laundry room, and sink areas dry. Seal up windows and doors with weather stripping and seal garage doors. Repair any cracks in your walls or foundation. If you can keep them out you are ahead of the game.
American cockroaches can carry diseases like salmonella and other intestinal bacteria that can cause diarrhea and upset stomach. While you don’t want to risk infecting your family, sometimes you don’t have the time or resources to try to prevent cockroaches from entering your home or maybe you already have found some in your home and need to get rid of them. This is when you need to call in the professionals at Innovative Pest Control. We will come and look for signs of infestation and suggest ways to prevent and remove them, and help you decide which pest control plan is best for your situation.