American adult roaches can grow to be around 50 mm in length. Adults can be distinguished by their reddish brown or mahogany colour and the area behind their heads is surrounded by a yellow band. Both adult males and females are capable of flying.
American cockroaches will enter homes to find water or food. They can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is damaged. Basement windows and garages are also common entry points. Indoors, American cockroaches often seek refuge in bathrooms, garbage disposals, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements.
The diet of an American cockroach is vast. They will feast on anything and everything – cheese, beer, book bindings, feces, decaying plants and animals and even soiled clothing to name a few.
American cockroaches are capable of spreading harmful diseases and contaminating food. They can pick up germs on their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then transfer these germs to food and clean surfaces.
American cockroaches have three developmental stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Female American cockroaches lay their eggs in protective capsules, with each capsule containing about 16 eggs. With plenty of food, American cockroaches can develop from nymph to adult in less than six months.
Tips for preventing a roach infestation include: keeping garbage in tightly sealed containers, putting food away, sealing up points of entry into the house and eliminating clutter inside and outside the home.
If you have already been invaded by cockroaches, your most effective cockroach killer is a cockroach exterminator. Environmental Pest Control’s experience at cockroach removal will not only help get rid of cockroaches but also prevent against a future roach infestation.
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