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Frequently Asked Questions About American Cockroaches

What are American cockroaches?

American cockroaches are one of the several types of cockroaches often referred to as palmetto bugs, since these massive cockroaches are so big that many people don't want to accept that they are, in fact, cockroaches. You will know American cockroaches by their huge size; they can grow up to two inches long. They're typically medium to dark brown, and they have long wings that start at the base of their heads and cover their entire backs.

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Are American cockroaches dangerous?

Like any other cockroach, American cockroaches are indeed dangerous because of the diseases they spread. These cockroaches carry dozens of different pathogens, and they can spread them all over your home, contaminating your food stores and infecting your living space with everything from bacteria to viruses to even parasites.

Some of the diseases American cockroaches spread include:

  • Salmonellosis

  • Gastroenteritis

  • E. coli infections

  • Dysentery

  • Typhoid fever

  • Cholera

Many of these are serious illnesses that can sometimes be life-threatening, which is why it's so vital to keep cockroaches out of your home

Why do I have an American cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are attracted to moisture and are omnivorous scavengers. This sets them up to depend heavily on human habitations here in Southern California. Our dry conditions mean cockroaches will often seek out watered lawns and plumbing to fulfill their moisture needs, and they will find plenty of food in the garbage nearby. 

Of course, the dirtier a place is, the more likely it is to have cockroaches, but even if you are quite clean, it is still easy to unintentionally attract cockroaches if you are not properly storing your food or tightly covering your garbage. You may also have plumbing leaks or other moisture problems you don't know about. 

Where will I find American cockroaches?

You will find American cockroaches in the same places you would find other species of cockroaches. They like to hide out in dark corners with low foot traffic and plenty of shelter. This means they seek confined spaces like the areas under appliances, inside cabinets, and underneath piles of clutter. 

You will also find them in places with lots of moisture, such as kitchens, basements, crawl spaces, and bathrooms. The fact that they are so good at hiding is the main reason why you may have to look for other signs of cockroach infestation besides seeing live roaches. 

How do I get rid of American cockroaches?

Because cockroaches breed so fast and are so notoriously tough, you typically need professional cockroach remedies in order to get rid of a cockroach infestation. The reality is that store bought cockroach control products, such as baits and sticky boards, may eliminate a portion of the cockroach population, but they will rarely get rid of the entire problem.

That's where The PEST Group comes in. We have all the tools and techniques necessary to eliminate entire cockroach populations from your home instead of just temporarily reducing their numbers. So if you are seeing things like dead roaches or roach egg capsules lying around, and especially if you have seen live American cockroaches, contact us as soon as possible. 

How can I prevent American cockroaches in the future?

The best way to go about American cockroach control in Orange County on your own is to focus on prevention. It's almost impossible for homeowners to eliminate cockroach infestations on their own, but it is quite easy to prevent them. The best things you can do to make your home less attractive to cockroaches are to properly store your food and garbage and take care of moisture issues.

You’ll want to keep your pantry foods in airtight containers and cover your trash with tight-fitting lids. This goes for trash both inside and outside your home. You will also want to ensure you do not have any issues with leaky pipes, clogged drainage, or condensation. Taking these measures can encourage roaches to look for easier pickings, but if they won't take the hint even then, we can help! Contact us today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Orange County.

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