The American Cockroach
The American cockroach, also known as the “water bug” is one of the most abundant pests in the United States. They are reddish-brown in color and are about 1-1.5” in length with 6 legs and antennas. They do possess wings, but they fly very rarely. When young, American Cockroaches are greyish in color and become browner as they grow.
The American cockroach seeks shelter inside when the temperatures outside start to get cool. They prefer a warm atmosphere and hence are likely to be found in small narrow spaces. One way to know if your house is infected by American Cockroaches is their eggs, which they lay almost everywhere they have trodden. From furniture corners to books to boxes, their eggs will be all over the place, which makes identifying them very easy.
The eggs are usually of a capsule shapes, are 7-8mm in length and are always stuck to a particular object. In terms of food, the American cockroach likes to feed on decaying matter, however, scavenges will feed on anything, from food to book bindings and even wallpaper. One can also identify cockroach infestation in the house with a distinct smell that these American cockroaches leave behind, but it is very subtle and only a very few people can pick it up.
What You Can Do
Controlling the American Cockroach by oneself is pretty hard without professional help. Some of the best professionals include Rest Easy Pest control who are known to be very helpful and consumer friendly. Nonetheless knowing about the pest makes it easier to prevent it from infesting.
The American Cockroach usually comes into the house through narrow spaces, openings, and cracks such as air ducts, utility pipes and worse of all sewer connections. They are mostly found in the kitchen, as that is a place which holds lots of food, as well as damp and wet spaces such as the sink. So it is wise to keep the counters and sinks clean and dry at all times to prevent infestation. The other place would be bathrooms, given their damp atmosphere, as well as attics, basements and laundry rooms where they can usually be found by the dozens.
Furniture, food, and clothes are only a part of the things that are infected when they come in contact with an American Cockroach. The real harm is done when the infections reach us. These American Cockroaches mostly come in from the sewers which means they are filled with bacteria and germs that can be hazardous to one’s health. Keeping the gutters, overflowing sinks and leaked pipes in check is very important, as is a proper drainage system. These can be tricky to deal with, and so in times like these, it is once again best to call upon the pros like Rest Easy Pest Control. They can help provide proper drainage in the right places so there are fewer chances of these pests crawling back up.
Regardless of all these prevention measures, once a house is infested with these American cockroaches, it will be nearly impossible to get rid of them completely without the use of professional help. Reach out to Rest easy Pest Control, for they have the instruments and the experience in dealing with such pests. They will know where to attack, what chemicals or instruments to use, and most importantly will be much more efficient than regular people.
Another plus point of seeking help from professionals like Rest Easy Pest Control is that they use methods that do not harm other pets in the house, nor leave fumes or gas that might be harmful to the people. They also provide advice and guidance on how to prevent future infestations of any pests, be it the American Cockroach or not.