Anyone who’s ever walked into their kitchen late at night to witness a swarm of American roaches scurrying across their floor or on countertops knows the feeling of dread linked with these pests. Besides compromising your health, the sight of a roach can also scare the living daylights out of many people.
One of the most notorious roach species is the American cockroach, which is commonly found in homes and large commercial buildings. If you’re battling American cockroaches, here’s what you need to know about identifying and controlling these insects.
Just as other species of cockroaches, American cockroaches do significant damage. For example,
American cockroaches, which are the largest of all the cockroach species, have several distinguishing physical features, including:
American cockroaches mostly reside outdoors where they can be found in flowerbeds and other damp places, such as under mulch. Because they also live on trees, these cockroaches are also known as palmetto bugs. Additionally, they camp out in sewer systems. Their outdoor diet consists of wood particles, leaves, small insects, fungi, and algae.
It’s important to recognize the common signs of an infestation, such as:
American cockroaches can easily get into homes and buildings by passing under doors, garages and basement windows as a result of damaged weather stripping. Once they’re inside a house, they generally invade kitchens where they live underneath appliances, inside kitchen cabinets, and in drains.
These pests look for food scraps, crumbs, and any food they can find. Furthermore, they tend to set up housekeeping in moist rooms, such as bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms.
It’s not unusual to find them in commercial buildings; including, bakeries and restaurants as they’re attracted to food. Other typical commercial hideouts include steam tunnels and boiler rooms where they’re drawn to humid, moist environments.
A huge part of controlling a cockroach infestation is altering their environment to make it less inhabitable so the insects can’t survive. For example:
Pest control can be overwhelming for most people. That’s why it’s important to give the job to a pest control specialist. When you need help controlling insects, termites and other pests, don’t hesitate to call Miller Termite and Pest Control. Please contact us and learn more about our wide variety of residential and commercial pest and termite control services for Omaha residents.