WHAT DO COCKROACHES LOOK LIKE?
Adult American cockroaches average between 1.4” to 1.6” in length, but they can grow to exceed 2”. They are reddish brown in color with a yellow band that outlines the area behind their head. Both males and females have wings and can fly short distances. They have the ability to bite, but rarely do.
WHAT DO COCKROACHES EAT?
Once inside a residence, American cockroaches usually make their way into the kitchen, bathroom, basement or laundry room in search of food and water. They eat crumbs found under appliances, in drains, behind kitchen cabinets and on the floor. They will also eat pet food that is left uncovered. In general, American cockroaches prefer warm, moist and dark environments with temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
SIGNS OF AN INFESTATION
1) Homeowners will see the fast-moving insects themselves usually fleeing to dark areas.
2) Roaches leave behind droppings in the dim areas in which they hide. They are often mistaken for mouse droppings.
3) Look for a presence of egg capsules, which are about 8 mm long and dark-colored. These are sometimes glued to a surface near food sources, and can be found in basements, laundry rooms and kitchens, as well as behind appliances or underneath cabinets.
4) The American cockroach will produce a pheromone that some people describe as having a “musty” smell.
Cockroaches are some of the most resilient pests in the world. They exhibit unique survival tactics, including the ability to live for a week without their head. If an infestation is suspected, call SonEquity for advice on control and elimination.
American cockroaches are filthy pests, and their presence in the home can pose a severe health threat. Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria. Homeowners should take preventative measures whenever possible:
Prevent cockroaches from entering the home through small cracks in walls, gaps near electric sockets and switch plates, and up through drains. Use a silicone-based caulk to seal these openings.
Having a clean and sanitary home will also make it less inviting to American cockroaches.
Keep counters, sinks, tables and floors free of clutter and crumbs.
Don’t leave dishes pile up in the sink or spills marinate on the counter.
Store food in airtight containers
Avoid leaving pet food out in the open.
Vacuum at least once a week to remove food particles
Ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup
Run water periodically in spare bathrooms to keep u-traps filled