American Cockroaches

Identification

  • Colour Reddish-brown
  • Size From 28 mm to 43 mm long
  • Description Have long, flat, wide bodies, with six legs, two long antennae protruding from the head, and a light-brown/yellow band on their thorax.
  • Notes Are among the fastest running insects in the world, travelling up to 50 body lengths per second, and able to fly short distances.

General Facts

Why do I have American cockroaches?

American cockroaches, commonly mistaken for palmetto bugs, or Florida woods cockroaches, prefer warm, humid environments and are always on the lookout for food, water, shelter, and a safe place to reproduce. They will feed on anything, but are attracted to starchy foods, flour and fermented products, so often invade restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, home kitchens, and other food preparation areas, entering through cracks in walls, foundations, and sewers.

How worried should I be about American cockroaches?

American cockroaches contaminate food with their feces and defensive secretions, and carry pathogenic organisms on the feet and legs. They can also carry intestinal diseases such as diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid fever, and cholera. People who experience frequent and prolonged exposure to cockroaches may develop mild to severe allergic reactions, such as dermatitis, itching, swelling of the eyelids, and serious respiratory conditions. But cockroaches are among the most resilient pests in the world and once American cockroaches have invaded your home or business, you will need the help of a professional pest control service to eradicate the infestation and stop these pests coming back.

How can I prevent American cockroaches invading?

Vacuum all cracks and crevices, Clean up crumbs and spills promptly, Sweep or vacuum food and debris on floors, Do not leave food or water out overnight, Clean counters, sinks, and tables with soapy water, Take out trash in closed plastic containers, Keep waste containers washed and clean, Wash dirty dishes and utensils immediately, Fix leaky faucets and water pipes, Increase ventilation to prevent condensation

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