The American cockroach is reddish-brown in color and the adult males and females develop wings, although they are not good fliers. American cockroaches also live mostly outside, occasionally making their way indoors through small interior cracks and crevices or improperly fitted door thresholds. Like Oriental roaches, American roaches are sometimes also called “water bugs” based on their preference for damp environments near water pipes, drains and sewer systems. In commercial establishments, such as restaurants and grocery stores, American Cockroaches may infest food-storage and food preparation locations. American roaches may venture indoors during changes in weather or when outdoor food sources become scarce. American cockroaches prefer to feed on decaying organic matter such as leaves, trash and yard debris.
American Cockroach Health Threats & Concerns
Cockroaches can carry up to 33 different types of bacteria as well as parasitic worms and human pathogens. In addition to these concerns, cockroach fecal material, egg casings and the skin casing that is shed when a cockroach molts can cause allergies in adults and children, including asthma. These skin and egg casings and droppings can accumulate in wall voids and hidden locations where cockroaches congregate and hide.
American Cockroach Infestation
American cockroaches can be introduced into a structure from being brought in, coming up from the drains of sewer systems or entering through small openings in doors and windows. A female American Cockroach can produce up to two egg cases per week, but on average produces an egg case every
6 days. Each egg case (ootheca) contains 16 eggs. The average female American cockroach can produce 21 oothecae (egg cases) over its lifetime. As you can see, all it takes is one pregnant female cockroach to start a cockroach problem and due to the prolific breeding a cockroach infestation can seemingly appear overnight.
American Cockroach Control
Wheeler's Pest Control will perform a thorough visual inspection to identify the severity of your American cockroach problem. During the inspection, all sources of the infestation will be identified and methods of cockroach treatment will be discussed. The technician will also point out potential American cockroach harborages and suggest mechanical methods of cockroach control. A successful cockroach control service depends on the cooperation of our customers.
What Can You Do to Get Rid of American Roaches?
Cockroach problems are easier to control when they are caught early. Below are some tips relating to cockroach control:
Frequent vacuuming and regular cleaning will be instrumental in catching a cockroach issue before the cockroaches becomes established. Pay special attention to food storage areas, under appliances
Reduce harborages by ridding the surrounding areas of potential food sources. Clean up piles of yard debris and organic matter. Keep trash receptacles tightly sealed.
Seal entrances, especially around doors and windows. Ensure that there are no cracks and crevices that would provide an entry to cockroaches. Doorsweeps and thresholds should be properly fitted to prevent cockroach entry.
Contact your pest professionals at Wheeler's Pest Control as soon as you see evidence of cockroaches. For every cockroach you see, there are several others that you do not.
Scheduling an American Cockroach Treatment Service
Contact your cockroach service experts at Wheeler's Pest Control for a cockroach treatment quote. Most quotes for residential cockroach services can be provided over the phone without any obligation. Catching a German cockroach infestation early will ensure that the cockroach problem is taken care of quickly and efficiently by your cockroach experts at Wheeler's Pest Control. American cockroaches are considered a General Pest, which are covered under a Quarterley, or Bi-Monthly Pest Control Service.
American Cockroach control services can be scheduled in Murrieta, Temecula, French Valley, Winchester, and surrounding cities.