American cockroaches are a nuisance if they enter your home. Not only are they large, they have a figure 8 pattern on the back of their heads. They are drawn to warm, dark places and will eat almost anything. Roaches typically enter homes through drains and pipes looking for food. In addition, roaches will contaminate your food and can spread diseases. They can even cause allergies. These are pests that you do not want taking over your home, at the first sign of an American cockroach infestation, call Nashville Pest Control.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
The American cockroach is the largest cockroach that can be found on your home, measuring at 2-3 inches long. They are oval shaped with a reddish-brown coloring, and have a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of their heads. Since they are considered insects, they have 6 legs and antennae. The wings do not come until they reach adulthood.
Females can produce up to 150 offspring per year, and make protective capsule shaped cases for their eggs. The capsule is placed in a warm, humid area. Each capsule will contain about 16 eggs. They are 38mm long and dark colored. When the eggs hatch, tiny nymphs come out of the capsule. They shed their skin as they grow, and if there is enough food, the eggs become an adult in 5 ½ months.
Habitat and Behavior:
The American cockroach is drawn to warm, dark, wet areas. They will hide in flowerbeds and under mulch, and can enter homes through drains and pipes. Finding them in commercial buildings is just as common as finding them in homes.
American Cockroaches will enter homes looking for water and food. Usually, they will head for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements. They search for food under appliances, in drains, kitchen cabinets, and on the floor. Also, they will eat the crumbs, scraps of food, and pet food that has been left out. When living outside, they will eat leaves, tiny wood particles, fungi, and algae. They are also known to eat small insects.
Level of Danger:
American cockroaches are known to spread diseases. They can also cause allergies and even asthma in some cases. They will also contaminate food. Because of this, if you see signs of the American cockroach in your home, it is important to call the professionals at Nashville Pest Control.
Signs of Infestation:
There are several signs of an American cockroach infestation, one of the most obvious being seeing an actual cockroach inside your home.
You might also see the shed skin from the immature cockroaches.
Another big sign of a cockroach infestation is their poop. It can be found in the dark areas where they hide. It is small, and might be mistaken for mouse droppings.
American cockroaches also produce a musty odor. They produce a chemical called aggregation pheromone and they use it to stay in groups. If the population is big enough, someone with a sensitive nose might pick up on the smell.
To prevent American cockroaches from entering your home, it is good to get rid of moisture and clutter. They are drawn to places where they have easy access to food and water. So, fixing any leaking pipes or anything else that provides them access to water is key. Throw away left over food in a sealed trashcan and do not leave out pet food. Keep the floors free from crumbs and scraps of food.
If you do see signs of the American cockroach, call Nashville Pest Control. Because they can spread diseases. It is imperative to completely get rid them and the only way to guarantee that is by letting professionals handle it for you.