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American Cockroach

Description

American Cockroach

Pest Stats

Color

American cockroaches are typically reddish brown with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head

Legs

They have 6 legs

Shape

Oval

Size

Adults may range between 1 1/4” to 2 1/8” (32-54 mm) in length

Antennae

Yes

Region

American cockroaches are found worldwide

Habits

American cockroaches live primarily outdoors, but they frequently find themselves inside a structure. They are typically found in sewers and drains and are the most common cockroach species found in city sewer systems. American cockroaches are frequently found in shady areas like flowerbeds and under mulch piles but also can be found in alleys and streets. The most common way they enter structures is via sewer system or drains. They typically come indoors in search or food and water. American cockroaches feed on a wide variety of plant and animal material.

Habitat

American cockroaches live primarily outdoors but do not tolerate cold temperatures. They can be found in cracks and crevice of foundations and concrete, crawl spaces, commercial buildings, food processing plants, and animal rearing facilities. They are most commonly found indoors in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms, larger commercial buildings, food processing plants, hospitals, etc., where they usually infest food storage and food preparation areas, boiler rooms, steam tunnels and basements.

Threats

American Cockroaches are dirty pests and can pose serious health threats. They pick up germs on their legs and body as they crawl through sewage and transfer them onto food and cooking surfaces. American cockroaches can spread over 33 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella; parasitic worms; and other human pathogens. The urine and fecal droppings contain allergens known to invoke year-round allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children.

American Cockroach Prevention

If you suspect an American cockroach infestation, it is important to hire a pest control professional to rid your home of American cockroaches as soon as possible. The most effective way to get rid of American cockroaches call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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