American cockroaches are the largest house-infesting cockroaches found in the United States. Adults can grow more than 3 inches in length; however, they usually are 1 to 2 inches in length. They are also known as the water bug or palmetto bug. American cockroaches are dark, reddish-brown, and have a yellow-brownish color pattern on the back of their head. Despite their name, these roaches are not native to North America. American cockroaches also have fully-developed wings.
Why Do I Have Them?
American cockroaches prefer warm, damp environments and are often found outdoors around trees and drains. They enter houses in search of food and moisture. Cockroaches can easily squeeze through cracks in foundations and doorways. They may also enter through drains and pipes. Once indoors, these roaches are usually found in damp areas, such as basements, garages, bathrooms, and kitchens.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
American cockroaches are extremely problematic when they invade your home or business. They are filthy pests that breed and feed in unsanitary areas like sewers and garbage. Cockroaches can contaminate food and spread bacterial diseases that cause diarrhea, fever, asthma, and other serious health concerns. American cockroaches also have a very high reproduction rate. A female can produce up to 150 offspring in a year! If not controlled immediately, a small problem can soon turn into a full-blown roach infestation.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of American Cockroaches?
Getting rid of American cockroaches can be very difficult because they breed very quickly and adapt easily to new environments. Over-the-counter pesticides and DIY methods will not work against these roaches. The most effective way to get rid of a roach infestation is to contact a pest control professional. At Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control, we offer effective pest services that will get rid of your cockroach problem.