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American Cockroach

Appearance
This is the largest of the periodomestic cockroaches.

Color
Reddish-brown in color with light markings behind the head.

Size
Up to 1 1/2 inches long

Habitat
It is found mainly in basements, sewers, steam tunnels, and drainage systems.

Interesting Facts
Can become a public health concern due to their association with human waste and disease.

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Pest Database : Cockroaches : American Cockroach

What does an American cockroach look like?
The American cockroach is the largest of the periodomestic cockroaches. The American cockroach is reddish-brown in color with light markings behind the head. They can reach sizes of up to 1-1/2 inches long

How did the American cockroach invade my home/business?
American cockroaches can be commonly found in or near steam tunnels, sewers, floor drains, crawlspaces or service ducts. They are attracted to the warmth, higher humidity and food sources in these areas.

How can I tell if I have American cockroaches?
Fecal evidence is the most common indicator. Their droppings resemble ground pepper located on shelves, walls and around cracks and crevices. Those located may also have small, dark smears ("fecal smears"). Also, American cockroaches are nocturnal, so if they are sighted during daylight hours, it is likely there are many more nearby.

Can American cockroaches harm my family or employees?
Cockroaches have been shown to carry or implicated in carrying the following diseases: salmonella, hepatitis B, E. coli, dysentery, cholera, plague, polio and childhood asthma.

How does Batzner get rid of American cockroaches?
Batzner Pest Management service professionals are highly trained to conduct a thorough inspection to find evidence of cockroaches. American cockroach control can be difficult. There are various solutions to eliminate cockroaches, but in order to prevent more problems, maintaining sanitary conditions is vital.

A Batzner Pest Management Service Professional will perform a service to eliminate the cockroaches from your home or business and will make sanitation or repair recommendations to help prevent future problems.

What steps can I take to control or prevent American cockroaches?

Good sanitation practices will help to control the cockroach population.

  • Eliminating food and moisture
  • Keep premises clean and clutter-free to eliminate harborage areas.
  • Vacuuming is an effective way to remove adults, nymphs and egg capsules (properly dispose of vacuum bag immediately after use).