There are many homes that have roaches. However the variety that you have may differ. American roaches are quite common in the sewers of American cities. They enter homes to find water or food and can pass through crevices in a cracked door. Basements and garages are also common areas to find American roaches. They will often breed in common areas of your home like the bathroom, kitchen or laundry room. In the outdoors American roaches eat fungi, small insects, crumbs and scraps of food that they can find. They will linger on the floor, in drains and kitchen cabinets of your home. Read on to find out about the American roach and their reproduction, odor and how to get rid of the American roach in your home.
Characteristics of the American Roach
The American roach is a mahogany or reddish brown color. The area behind their head has a yellow band which identifies them from other roaches. The adult American roach can grow to 3 inches long. They are often called water bugs, flying water bugs or palmetto bugs. Both the male and female are able to fly. The female forms her eggs in what looks like a capsule and hides them in a warm, dark place. American roaches can run very fast and there is a peculiar musty odor called aggregation pheromone when a group of them have formed.
How Do I Get Rid of The American Roach?
There are many ways of getting rid of these pests who can cause disease, contaminate our food, cause allergies and asthma. One of the best ways to get rid of the American roach is to keep your home clean, get rid of excess food and water in your home. Wipe down countertops where food may linger. You may also want to call in a professional technician to get rid of your roach problem. They will come in and assess your problem to see where the roach activity is more prevalent, identify the causes of the roach problem and look for entryways where they could have gotten into your home. Caulking crevices and sweeping your doorways where they may come in is also a great way to get rid of the American roach. You may need to remove dead leaves or mulch from your yard. These are places that they can hide and eventually come into your home. Use bait and insecticides in cracks and crevices also to keep the American roach away.
These are some tips and advice about the American roach that may be hiding in your home. Remember to keep food put away, keep water places dry, use insecticides and caulk crevices when needed. And if all else fails, call in a professional technician who can come in, assess and rid your home of its American roaches.
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