If you've ever seen a cockroach in your home or anywhere, you know how unsettling it can be. And once you see one roach, you probably know there are more nearby. Cockroaches are dirty, disease-carrying pests that can contaminate your food and spread bacteria. In this blog post, Hoffer Pest Solutions will discuss what American roaches are and provide tips on preventing them from entering your home.
What Are American Roaches?
American roaches, also known as water bugs or palmetto bugs, are the largest of all cockroaches. They can grow up to 2 inches in length and have reddish-brown bodies with yellow markings around their heads. Unlike other cockroaches, American roaches prefer moist areas and are often found near sewers, drains, and other places with high humidity. A few signs that you have an American roach infestation might include droppings, eggs, shedded skin, damage to your property, and smear marks.
How to Prevent American Roaches
Now that you know more about American roaches, you probably never want to see one in your home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent American cockroaches from entering your home.
Check The Outside of Your Home
First, inspect the outside of your home for any signs of water damage or cracks in the foundation. These areas can serve as entry points for these pests and should be sealed immediately. Additionally, eliminate any standing water or moisture sources near your home, such as leaky pipes or overflowing gutters.
Keep Your Home Clean
Keeping your kitchen clean and free of food crumbs is a vital part in preventing a cockroach infestation. Do not leave pet food out in the open, and store all other food items in airtight containers. You should also avoid letting your dishes pile up in the sink and wipe away any spills on your counter from beverages or other liquids.
By following these tips, you can help prevent American roaches from entering your home and keep your family safe from disease and contamination. If you do find a cockroach in your home, contact Hoffer Pest Solutions for assistance. We can inspect your property and implement a plan to eliminate the infestation.
With the help of our team, you can keep your home free of American roaches and other pests. Give us a call today at (954) 590-0477 or fill out our online contact form to speak with one of our team members.