American Cockroaches

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What do American cockroaches look like?

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American cockroaches are a dark-reddish brown with lighter coloring around its edges. Adults grow to be 1 ½ to 2 inches in length and have an identifying yellow or brown figure-8 pattern behind their head. Female and male American cockroaches have fully developed wings but rarely fly. American cockroaches, appropriately nicknamed water bugs, like moist environments and are most often found in sewers. When infesting homes and other buildings, these roaches typically infest basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and crawl spaces.

Are American cockroaches dangerous?

Yes, American roaches are very dangerous. They don’t bite or sting but they are an asthma trigger for some and may exacerbate allergies in others. These cockroaches also carry disease causing bacterial agents and contaminate food and food preparation surfaces with their fecal matter and with contaminants they pick up while crawling through sewers, garbage, and drains. Roaches may also damage personal belongings.

How do I know if I have a cockroach problem?

Listed below are some of the most common signs of a roach problem in your home.

  • Noticing an unexplained musty odor in your home. This foul-smelling odor can be emitted from the roaches.
  • Finding their droppings (they are similar to mouse droppings but have ridges on the sides and are blunt at the ends) in areas like cabinets and drawers, and underneath sinks.
  • Noticing their oval-shaped egg cases in cabinets or behind appliances.
  • A large infestation of roaches means you’re likely to see these pests scurrying around your home in areas they don’t normally populate and not just at night when they are typically most active.

How do I get rid of American cockroaches?

For effective control of American cockroaches, contact a pest control company that is licensed in your state. DIY roach control may temporarily control the problem but it’s not going to eliminate these pests like you want. The experienced pest control professionals at Arrow Pest Control of New Jersey will inspect and treat your home or business for American roaches using methods and products that are proven effective against these “water bugs”.

How do I prevent American cockroach infestations?

To prevent American cockroaches, you must eliminate what attracts them. Remove food sources, correct moisture issues and seal off entry points. And contact Arrow Pest Control at the first sign of a problem!

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