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What Do American Cockroaches Look Like?
Fully grown American cockroaches average between 1.4″ to 1.6″ in overall length, however they can grow to surpass 2″. American cockroaches are red brownish in color with a yellow band that outlines the region behind their head. Both males and females have wings and can fly small distances.
Do American Cockroaches Bite?
American cockroaches have the potential to bite, although they almost never do. If a bite happens, it should not be problematic unless it becomes infected.
Indicators of An Invasion
There are four hallmarks of an American cockroach problem.
1. Homeowners will see the fast-moving pests themselves usually fleeing to dark places.
2. American cockroaches leave droppings in the dark areas in which they hide. These little droppings are blunt on the ends and have ridges on the sides. They are frequently mistaken for mouse droppings, so it’s important to call a certified pest control expert for correct identification.
3. The existence of egg capsules, which are around 8 mm long and dark-colored. Egg capsules are often glued to a surface area near food sources, and can be found in cellars, laundry rooms and kitchens, as well as behind appliances or beneath cabinets.
4. The American cockroach will create a scent that some individuals describe as having a “musty” smell. People with sensitive noses might notice this smell around your house.
The Way To Remove American Cockroaches
Cockroaches are some of the most durable insects in the world. They exhibit unique survival methods, including the ability to live for a week without their head. This makes getting rid of American cockroaches a difficult task for homeowners to do themselves.
Individuals can take steps, nevertheless, to mitigate American cockroach problems through barrier exclusion and sanitation. Barrier exclusion entails stopping roaches from entering the house via tiny cracks in walls, gaps near electrical outlets and switch plates, and up through drains pipes. Apply a silicone-based caulk to seal off these openings.
Having a spotless and sanitary home will also make it less welcoming to American cockroaches. Homeowners need to keep counters, sinks, tables and floor surfaces devoid of clutter and crumbs. Do not let dishes accumulate in the sink or spills marinate on the counter. It’s also good practice to store food in airtight containers and stay clear of leaving pet food out in the open.
A few other strategies to prevent American cockroaches include vacuuming at least once a week to clear away food particles, ventilating crawl spaces to stop moisture build up and running water periodically in spare bathrooms to keep u-traps filled.
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