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American Roaches

What do American roaches look like?

American roaches are the largest house-infesting cockroach and grow to be 2-3 inches in length.  They have an oval body, long antennae, are a reddish-brown color, and have a distinctive yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of their head.  Adults have fully developed wings and are capable of flying.

Are American roaches dangerous?

American roaches do not bite or sting but they are considered to be a dangerous pest.  Before entering into your home they were living in disease ridden places like sewers, dumpsters, and garbage disposals.  American cockroaches carry bacteria on their legs and body and introduce it into your home and contaminate your food, counters, plates, and utensils.  American cockroaches can spread bacteria, parasitic worms, and other human pathogens that can cause fevers, diarrhea, and vomiting.  Their shed feces and skins can trigger asthma attack in people, particularly young children.

American cockroach

American Roaches   |  Periplaneta americana

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Why do I have American roaches?

American roaches are most active when the temperature is 70 degrees or above but can survive in lower temperatures if the living conditions are correct.  These  creatures can be found living on trees and are often referred to as “palmetto bugs”.  They will also live in warm damp areas like flowerbeds and mulch.

American roaches come into homes and other buildings (garages, grocery stores, hospitals, and food processing plants, etc) while searching for food.  They often get into homes beneath doors and through spaces around basement windows.  Once inside they can be found in kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms searching for spills, crumbs, and other sources of food (pet food) to consume.


Signs of American roaches

If American cockroaches have invaded your home you will notice their droppings building up in the basement, pantry areas, and behind appliances.  Their droppings are similar in size to mouse droppings but are blunt at both ends and have ridges on the sides of them.  You may also notice piles of empty eggs casings under cabinets and behind appliances.  If there is a large infestation of American roaches in your home it may have a musty odor to it.  The odor comes from compounds that the roaches secrete.

How do I get rid of American roaches?

The best way to get rid of a problem with American roaches is to call a professional pest control expert.  Here at Hoffer’s, our professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge needed to find all the American roaches living in your home and quickly eliminate them.  

 If roaches have invaded your home contact the pros at Hoffer today for more information about how our residential pest control services can safely remove American roaches from your home! 

American roach prevention tips

Along with putting into place a year-round pest control plan to control American roaches there are some steps that you can take to help prevent them from choosing your home to invade.

  • Seal cracks in your home’s foundation and caulk gaps around windows and doors, especially in basement areas.

  • Install door sweeps beneath all exterior doors.

  • Don’t let garbage build up in your home.  Remove it regularly and store it outside in a container with a locking lid until garbage day.

  • Keep food stored in the refrigerator or sealed containers.  

  • Pick up uneaten pet food.

  • Immediately pick up crumbs and clean up spills.

  • Fix leaky pipes and install de-humidifiers in the high humidity areas of your home.

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