Throughout America and in the State of Texas you will find American Cockroaches invading homes, garages, sheds and other human domains. American cockroaches can grow up to two inches in length and is one of the most common species of cockroach that invade homes. They can be easily identified with their reddish brown coloring and yellow color figure “8” marking on their head. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control would like to share more about this problematic pest and how you can identify an American cockroach infestation.
Where Do American Cockroaches Live?
American cockroaches are one of the largest species that are frequently found throughout America. They are able to grow up to two inches in length. They are often referred to as Palmetto bugs, especially through Texas and Florida. This is because American cockroaches like to crawl up palm trees and hide in their leaves. They can be seen fluttering down from the tree tops. American cockroaches thrive in humid climates and will feed on decaying plant life, starches and meats. When they invade homes they are often in basements, kitchens, bathroom and laundry rooms. American cockroaches will invade homes during the fall or as the temperatures become uncomfortably low. American cockroaches like temperatures around 70 degrees or higher. When the temperatures begin to drop they will begin to look for more suitable living conditions. However cockroaches don’t necessarily require warm temperatures to survive. They are able to thrive in lower temperatures as long as the conditions are just right.
Why Do I Have Cockroaches in My Home?
American cockroaches invade homes in various ways. They are drawn to light and will approach homes and other structures with night time lighting. American cockroaches are also occasionally brought inside homes via inside boxes or bags. They like to hide in dark places during the day and are most active at night. They are also drawn to heat. Steam coming from a vent or heat from a home will often invite cockroaches inside a home. American cockroaches can cause some damage such as chewing on wallpaper, decaying plant matter, or wood. They will chew through boxes and books as well. It’s not the damage most people worry about but the life threatening viruses and diseases they can carry and spread. American cockroaches are known to harbor a number of diseases, pathogens, viruses, and bacteria that they spread throughout a home. Their feces and dead skin flakes also contaminates the indoor air quality and those with allergies and asthma are often affected.
Signs of an American Cockroach Infestation
Identifying an American cockroach infestation is usually pretty easy. They will often make their presence known. They also will leave behind fecal matter that resembles pepper flakes all over the ground, walls and even on the ceiling. American cockroaches will also leave behind egg cases or capsules, which is a small tube that contains their eggs. American cockroaches can reproduce very quickly and are a major concern to your health. Their presence should never be tolerated.
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