What do American cockroaches look like?
American cockroaches, also called water bugs in the South, are usually reddish brown with a light tan almost yellow figure 8 on the back of its head. Adult American cockroaches can reach about 1 1/4 to 2 1/8 inch in length. They have 6 spiny legs and 2 sweeping antennae. Both male and female American cockroaches have wings and are able to fly short distances.
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Are American cockroaches dangerous?
American cockroaches can bite but rarely do they do so. Like other species of cockroaches, the American cockroach can carry many common diseases. American cockroaches are known more for being a nuisance pest than a pest that is dangerous to humans. Infestations of American cockroaches are uncommon. American cockroaches can be controlled through routine pest control service.
American cockroaches habitat.
American cockroaches are primarily an outdoor insect. They are commonly found inside homes, storage building, and other structures. In the south, American cockroaches can easily be found under mulch beds, leaf piles, sewer pipes, and other shady, humid places. When American cockroaches enter a home they will typically make their way to the kitchen or bathroom where their is water or food. Because of their size they are easily seen scurrying from dark places. Many times American cockroach droppings are mistaken for mouse droppings. If you find droppings it is important to have them identified by a professional who can direct you into the proper treatment for the pest you have.
How do I get rid of American cockroaches?
American cockroach infestations are not common but can be quite difficult for the average person to get rid of on their own. Prevention is the key to avoiding an American cockroach problem. Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control technicians have been trained to identify and eliminate American cockroaches as well as other common household pests through our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program.
How can I prevent American cockroach problems at my home or business?
Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any American cockroach problems in your home.
- Clean regularly, do not leave crumbs or spills.
- Keep dishes washed nightly and put away to eliminate that food and water source.
- Do not leave food out on counters and put away pet food at night in a sealed container.
- Seal up cracks in the foundation or basement, use caulking to seal up around windows and doors.
- Reduce high humidity areas by using a dehumidifier or air-conditioner where needed.
- Remove trash from your home regularly and place it in an outdoor trash can with a tight lid.
- Keep trash containers, firewood, and compost piles at least 20 feet from the exterior of your home.
- Inspect used appliances extremely well before bringing into your home or business.
- Clean gutters and downspouts of debris.
- Remove brush piles from near the structure.
- Remove leaf piles from near the structure.
- Keep mulch beds at least 18 inches from structure.
If you suspect an American cockroach problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote
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