The American cockroach, known as the largest type of pest that inhabits houses, is frequently observed in cafes, restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, pest control centres, and similar locations where food is prepared or stored. These creatures hide in moist sewers, basements, and heating ducts. Furthermore, they are frequently transported into households via cartons or wrappings obtained from infected establishments.
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Fully grown American cockroaches typically have a length between 320 to 340 mm inches, although some may even surpass 5 cm. Their reddish-brown bodies are characterised by a yellow marking situated behind their head. In addition, these creatures have wings that allow them to take brief flights over short distances.
Male American cockroaches have wings that do not extend much beyond the end of their abdomen, whereas female wings have a length equivalent to their abdomen. Newly hatched cockroaches, also known as nymphs, exhibit a similar appearance to adults but are smaller and lack wings.
The life cycle of American cockroaches can be divided into three distinct phases: egg, nymph, and adult. The female deposits the eggs in dark brown casings that are approximately 8mm long and the capsule is usually released within 24 hours of its formation.
Typically, the female American cockroach selects a secure location to deposit the egg capsule, which contains anywhere between 14 to 16 eggs. The female American cockroach usually generates one egg capsule per week and secures it to an obscure surface. Each female American cockroach has the potential to produce anywhere between 15 to 90 egg capsules.
The egg phase of American cockroaches may last anywhere from 29 to 58 days. The nymphs require approximately 50 to 55 days to hatch at room temperature. Newly hatched cockroaches exhibit a greyish-brown hue; however, after a few moults, their colouration shifts towards a reddish-brown tint.
Dangers to Humans
American cockroaches exist on various items such as cheese, baked goods, plant material, animal remains, adhesives, and hair. Additionally, they prefer moist locations such as sewers, rubbish piles, and restrooms to forage and establish their dwellings.
American cockroaches can transfer debris from unsanitary locations to your food, kitchen surfaces, crockery, cutlery, and other areas. When food and cooking areas become contaminated, it can spread illnesses such as food poisoning, dysentery, and diarrhea.
Furthermore, these pests’ excrement and discarded skin are sources of allergens that can provoke allergic reactions. Additionally, if the infestation of American cockroaches becomes significant, it can result in an unpleasant odour.
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Tom’s Pest Control employs sophisticated and practical techniques to address the American cockroach infestations on your premises. Furthermore, we provide budget-friendly solutions to eliminate infestation. Our specialists concentrate on resolving the current pest problems and offer recommendations to reduce the risk of future pest complications.
We utilise the latest tools and secure pest control practices to manage infestations of any magnitude. When you engage our services to regulate the American cockroach population in your surroundings, we perform a comprehensive assessment as our initial step.
This approach aids us in comprehending the extent of the infestation, the places where the pests are concealing, and the necessary measures to address the issue on your premises. Subsequently, we prepare a course of action custom-tailored to your residential or commercial space, considering the insights gained from our evaluation.
The next step is implementing the plan and carrying out the extermination carefully. At last, we share some helpful prevention tips to stop cockroaches from returning to your property.
If you have a pest control issue on your residential or commercial property, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our amiable and proficient team members are ready to assist you with any American cockroach infestation-related problems. Contact us today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although American cockroaches are capable of biting, it is a rare occurrence. If a bite does happen, it should not cause concern unless an infection develops. In the event of an infection, it is crucial to seek medical attention.
Four indications can help you identify the presence of American cockroaches on your premises:
- Quick-moving insects that fly into dark corners of your property.
- Faeces that appear small and blunt and have ridges on the sides found in dim areas.
- Dark-coloured egg capsules that measure around 8mm in length.
- A musty scent spreading through your property.
Getting rid of American cockroaches from your property can be a challenging task. Implementing traditional pest control measures to prevent them from entering your residence, such as regular cleaning, sealing potential entry points such as cracks, holes, and damaged screens, and repairing leaky pipes, is recommended. Since American cockroaches are small in size and capable of flying, it may be challenging to eliminate them without the assistance of a professional exterminator.