What is the American Cockroach?
The American Cockroach was introduced to the United States in the early 1600s and has remained a prevalent pest ever since. Growing up to three inches long, this type of cockroach is primarily reddish/brown with hints of yellow or tan at the edge of its wings and behind the head. Juveniles do not have wings, but will develop them within six to 12 months. Adult cockroaches can live up to one year.
Considered one of the world’s fastest-running insects, the cockroach prefers to come out at night and live in warm, moist environments, such as basements, crawl spaces, kitchens, bathrooms and areas around structural foundations, such as porches.
Identifying a Cockroach Infestation
There are several ways to identify a potential cockroach infestation. Because cockroaches don’t like light, it’s common to see them scurry under furniture, into crevices or take flight when lights are turned on and they’re startled. Cockroaches also release a distinct odor, so areas with an unusual or musty scent could also be a sign of an infestation. Finding droppings, similar in appearance to mouse feces, as well as collections of eggs are also signs of cockroaches. Eggs are about a quarter inch in size, dark brown and may be found inside or under cabinets, behind appliances, in dark corners, or in storage areas.
Why Cockroaches are Dangerous
Although cockroaches cannot bite, they are notorious for carrying diseases and bacteria. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), cockroaches are a primary carrier of indoor allergens and can cause people with allergies to suffer allergy attacks or see an increase in allergy symptoms. These reactions are caused by cockroaches leaving waste, eggs, salvia, molted skin and other irritants along surfaces. Like other pests, cockroaches also carry diseases, such as salmonella and strep, to name a few. These are carried by the insect’s legs and dropped into food or on common surfaces.
Where there is one cockroach, there are more. The best way to remove American Cockroaches is to eliminate their sources of food and water, thoroughly cleaning floors and surfaces frequently, closing gaps along doors, windows and cracks, and removing any standing debris along the foundation or exterior of the home. If the appearance, or suspected presence, of cockroaches persists, it’s time to call United Pest & Turf Control. Our team of licensed and trained pest control experts will inspect the property, identify areas of entry, sources of food, water, shelter and offer a customized plan for eliminating the cockroach infestation.