What do American Cockroaches Look like?
American Cockroaches are reddish brown in color and they have a yellowish figure 8 on the back of their heads. They are oval in shape and can be as long as two inches. They are one of the largest roaches in Arizona. They are not commonly found inside residential homes and are more likely found in commercial settings although it can happen to find one inside if it came up from a drain. Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 different kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms and at least 7 other pathogens. When they move through the sewer or other unsanitary places, they pick up germs on their spines and legs and then carry these onto food or food surfaces.
What To Do!
If you notice one inside your home – block off all unused drains. Perhaps you have a guest bathroom that never gets used. If you find multiple inside – call us immediately. If there is a problem, the sooner we can treat the easier it is to handle the problem.
How To Prevent
Make sure to keep your kitchen clean and free of crumbs or other food particles. Also keep your food in sealed containers. Throw your trash away in a timely manner. Always clean behind and under appliances often as these are favorite hiding places. Make sure these is no extra moisture sources such as a leaky pipe or inadequate ventilation in basements or bathrooms.
Did You Know
American Roaches can lay 10 or more egg cases – each one containing 14-16 eggs! Roaches are more active in temperatures above 70 degrees – which is most of the year here in Arizona. American Roaches are the most common species found in city sewer systems.