What is an American cockroach?
The American Cockroach is the largest cockroach species that enters homes and businesses in Rhode Island and New England. They generally live outdoors in warm, moist areas like under mulch, log piles and under flower beds but will make their way indoors to look for food and water.
What do they look like?
Adults can grow to be more than 2 inches in length; they are generally a reddish-brown to mahogany color. The area behind their head has a yellow band around it; they also have fully developed wings and are able to fly.
Do American cockroaches bite?
They are capable of biting but rarely, if ever, do. If bitten it should not present a problem unless the bite becomes infected.
Are American cockroaches dangerous?
While they do not bite or sting they do feed and live in areas that harbor dangerous bacteria, such as bathrooms, drains, and dumpsters. The American cockroach (like other roaches) carries the bacteria on their body and can contaminate food as well as areas where food is prepared. The bacteria can cause vomiting, fever, diarrhea and even transmit Salmonella. This type of roach sheds its skin and leaves excrement behind and in some people the allergens from those will cause severe asthma attacks.
What are signs of an American cockroach infestation?
American cockroaches are mostly active at night when they are foraging for food and water. During the day they will hide in cracks and crevices in walls and through the home or business they are infesting. If there is a heavy population you may see them scurrying around or even flying about during the day when disturbed. You may also find their feces in kitchen areas inside the drawers and cabinets, behind appliances and in basements, their excrement resembling coffee grounds. They also secrete an odor that may cause a musty smell in the area they are infesting.
Why do I have an American cockroach problem?
American cockroaches live outdoors, but will make their way inside through cracks in foundations, under doors and spaces around windows in search for food and water.
How do I get rid of American cockroaches?
American cockroaches can be difficult to eliminate with DIY cockroach control methods as there are often many more cockroaches living and hiding in your home then what you are seeing. Trained pest control professionals will be able to discover all of their hiding spots and completely eliminate them from your home. Big Blue Bug Solutions has been providing effective residential pest control and commercial pest management solutions for over 75 years and ready to help property owners and managers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut combat their cockroach problems, no matter how severe. Contact us today for more information about cockroach control in Providence, Worcester and throughout New England.
American cockroach prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions
There are several things that you can do in and around your home or business to help prevent an American cockroach infestation including:
Sealing cracks and crevices in your foundation
Caulking around windows and doors, and installing weather-stripping underneath of doors
Store garbage cans, compost and woodpiles away from the outside of your home
Repair leaky pipes in your basement, bathroom and kitchen area
Eliminate excessive moisture by running a dehumidifier
Store food in sealed containers up off of your kitchen counter, and keep produce in the refrigerator
Sanitize food prep surfaces often and clean up any food or drink spill as soon as they occur.