American Cockroach in Connecticut
In Connecticut the American cockroach is the second most prevalent roach in home and business infestations only being surpassed by the German cockroach. The American and German cockroach have some similarities, but they do have many differences. Here is information on American cockroaches.
What is an American Cockroach?
Out of the 4,000 different species of cockroaches in the world the American cockroach is the second most found cockroach in Connecticut home and business infestations only to be surpassed by the German cockroach. American cockroaches are also known as the Palmetto bug, mainly in Southern areas of the United States. American cockroaches are a reddish brown in color and measure about one and a half inches in length. Although American cockroaches have wings, they do not fly unless temperatures are higher than 85 degrees. American cockroaches are scavengers. They like to eat organic material that is decaying and starchy things like the back of wallpaper and book bindings.
Where do American cockroaches like to live?
American cockroaches like to live in areas that are damp and high in humidity. American cockroaches prefer areas where they have access to water. Both adult and nymph American cockroaches are likely to be found in sewers, near building sump pumps, in basements, in crawl spaces, near garbage containers and garbage dumpsters. Unlike German cockroaches, American cockroaches are found in open spaces like walls and ceilings instead of in cracks and crevices. The female American cockroach produces more than one egg capsule at a time with up to 16 eggs in each.
How do American cockroaches get in?
Most American cockroach infestations start by them getting in through sewer drains, sink drains, water pipes, air ducts, cracks in the foundation and outside walls. American cockroaches can also get into homes and businesses by crawling up toilets, under doors, in contaminated pet food, and in firewood from outside.
How dangerous are American cockroaches?
Although American cockroaches can bite you, most likely you won’t get bitten by one. If you do get bitten by an American cockroach the only real danger is if it gets infected. American cockroaches are very nasty, dirty pests that can carry a lot of diseases and bacteria. These cockroaches live in sewers so you can imagine the disgusting things they crawl through. American cockroaches are known to carry over 30 different kinds of bacteria like salmonella, E coli, different human pathogens, and parasitic worms.
How do I know if I have an American cockroach infestation?
In most instances it will be obvious you have an American cockroach infestation in your home or business. First off you may see these disgusting creatures scurrying on your walls, ceilings, and or floors when you enter the room looking for a dark place to hide. Secondly, American cockroaches leave behind distinctive droppings which are small, blunt on both ends, and have ridges on the sides. Another sign of having an American cockroach infestation is the presence of egg capsules. These American cockroach egg capsules are a little over ¼ inch long and dark in color. Lastly, you may smell the cockroaches. American cockroaches produce a pheromone that has a musty smell.
How do I get rid of an American cockroach infestation?
American cockroaches and cockroaches in general are some of the most tenacious pests in the world. It’s said that long after humans are gone cockroaches will still be here. American cockroaches are so tenacious that they can live up to a week without their head. As you can imagine getting rid of an American cockroach infestation is hard to do on your own. There are some precautions and procedures you can do to help eliminate a cockroach problem in your home or business. Make sure you have a clean and sanitary home or business. Keep floors, sinks, countertops, and tables free of food and food crumbs. Store food, including pet food in airtight containers. Make sure to vacuum and mop on a weekly basis. If you are having a hard time getting rid of your American cockroach infestation Connecticut Termite and Pest Control is adept at getting rid of your American cockroach problem in Meriden, Wallingford, Cheshire, Southington, Berlin, Middletown, and all of Central Connecticut. Give us a call for a free estimate – (203) 935-7357. We do all kinds of pest control in Meriden, Wallingford, Cheshire, Southington, Berlin, Middletown, and all of Central Connecticut.
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