Cockroaches of any species are not pests you want to find in your home. American cockroaches are the largest and most common cockroaches to infest residential properties. They are about 1.6 to 3 inches in total length and are identified by their reddish-brown bodies and the yellow band around their pronotum or “head” area. American roaches reproduce quickly, which means a small infestation can turn into a large one in no time at all.
The Dangers of American Cockroaches
American cockroaches are known for their filthy habits and dirty behaviors. Roaches eat just about anything, including rotting organic matter, carrion, garbage, feces, sewage, and other decaying items. When American cockroaches feed on and crawl in these bacteria-rich places, they pick up all the filth, pathogens, and diseases that these areas harbor. Cockroaches invading your home can then spread these bacteria onto counter surfaces, uncovered food items, and personal belongings. Salmonella, dysentery, and typhoid fever are just a few of the diseases American cockroaches can introduce to your home. In addition, the feces and molted shells of American cockroaches contain allergens that can trigger asthma attacks and cause allergic reactions in certain individuals.
American Cockroach Prevention
In light of all the potential problems American cockroaches can cause in your home, it’s important to take every precaution to ensure they don’t invade in the first place. The first step to avoiding cockroach activity on your property is to remove all the factors that could attract them.
- Deep clean your property to remove clutter, crumbs, and other materials that may attract cockroaches.
- Clean behind heavy appliances, such as dishwashers, ovens, and refrigerators.
- Make sure window and door screens are intact.
- Seal up cracks and gaps around your foundation and exterior walls.
- Reduce moisture by repairing leaking pipes, removing water-damaged wood, and cutting foliage away from the walls of your home.
- Wipe counters and sweep floors to remove crumbs.
- Seal garbage bins properly.
- Store pet food in airtight containers.
It can be tempting to purchase over-the-counter roach sprays to combat the American cockroach infestation in your home. However, this method of removal comes with more negatives than positives. Many cockroach sprays contain chemicals that are harmful to pets and children, without being entirely effective against cockroaches themselves. To effectively remove your American cockroach infestation, reach out to the pest professionals here at Innovative Pest Control. We are dedicated to providing exactly what you need to eliminate pest problems and prevent them from returning. For efficient cockroach control services you can trust, turn to Innovative Pest Control.