American Cockroach – What is it? How do I get rid of it?
The largest cockroach you will find in your home is the American cockroach, which is also referred to as a water bug or palmetto bug. Though its name suggests otherwise, the American cockroach is not a native bug. Evidence suggests the species was brought to North America from Africa in the 1600s. With the ability to spread disease, contaminate your food and cause illness likes asthma and allergies, it is important to treat and prevent any cockroach infestations in their earliest stages.
Identifying the American Cockroach
An adult American cockroach can measure more than three inches long. They are identified by their large size and red and brown wings. Both male and female adults can fly and run quite fast when startled. The American cockroach also has a yellow band on their heads.
Detecting an Infestation
Due to their size, it is easy to spot these unwanted pests when they have taken up residence in your home or office. Their droppings, which are often mistaken for mouse droppings, are also a sign of a cockroach infestation. The American cockroach and their droppings are most commonly found around pipes in wet, damp areas like your basement, laundry room, kitchen and bathroom.
Preventing American Cockroaches
To prevent an American cockroach infestation, start by repairing any damaged weather stripping or holes where the pests can get inside. You should also keep floors free of crumbs, which cockroaches will feed on. Additionally, you should remove any outdoor clutter with favorable conditions for their habitat.
American Cockroach Treatment
If you have an American cockroach problem, you can get rid of the unwanted insects by contacting the experts at Ambassador Pest control to identify the source of your problem and develop am individualized treatment plan to prevent them from coming back. Every situation is unique, but our professional pest control specialists are highly trained to asses any pest problem and provide the right situation for your needs. Request a free inspection from one of our technicians today!