The American cockroach is one of the largest cockroaches to make their way into structures throughout Florida and the rest of the country. These roaches are not only identified by their large size but by their shiny, reddish-brown color and the figure-eight-like marking that is yellowish and located behind their head.
Are American cockroaches dangerous?
American cockroaches are dangerous pests, and keeping them out of your home is essential to your family’s health. Hanging out in less than sanitary areas like sewers, garbage piles, drains, and bathrooms mean that American cockroaches come into contact with and carry diseases and bacteria that make people ill. They are known to transmit salmonella and other bacteria that cause gastrointestinal issues.
As cockroaches feed and breed, they will leave behind piles of shed skins and excrement, both things that produce allergens that can trigger asthma attacks and allergy symptoms.
Why do I have an American cockroach problem?
Thriving in environments where there is food to scavenge, American cockroaches can find their way into any of our Florida homes. No matter how clean we keep our homes, crumbs always seem to find their way under rugs, appliances, and counters. These roaches also have high moisture needs, and things like leaky pipes, poor ventilation, and dripping air conditioners will also attract these pests.
American cockroaches generally move into our homes in one of two ways.
They can move inside on their own while trying to escape the heat or searching for food or water.
Common entry points include cracks in the foundation, drains, spaces around utilities, and gaps around windows and doors.
We can also accidentally bring them indoors inside of boxes, potted plants, or other items once stored outside.
Where will I find American cockroaches?
Florida’s warm weather is what enables these heat-loving pests to thrive. In Florida, American cockroaches can survive both outside and inside our homes and businesses. Outside, these large roaches are often seen on the bark of trees, crawling over animal excrement, and near drains, sewers, and trash receptacles.
Inside our structures, American cockroaches hang out in warm and humid areas like crawl spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, and utility rooms. Some of their favorite hiding spots include inside cardboard boxes, under sinks, in the back of drawers, and behind baseboards, cabinets, or wood trim.
How do I get rid of American cockroaches?
Nobody wants to share their home with large, flying cockroaches! To get rid of the current problem you are experiencing with American cockroaches, reach out to the experts at Empire Pest Defense. We will protect your home or business from American cockroaches and other pests through detailed inspections, high-quality interior and exterior treatments, and ongoing services.
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