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American Cockroaches

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?

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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.

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