The American cockroach is the largest cockroach that infests buildings in the United States. This insect may be recognized by a yellow "figure-8" pattern on the shield at the front of its body. In Florida, the American cockroach is called the "palmetto bug," and it has the nickname "water bug" throughout the United States.
Behavior – Like all cockroaches, it is omnivorous and will eat virtually anything people will and many things we won't.Habitat – This cockroach thrives in warm, damp environments, such as sewers, steam tunnels, basements, crawl spaces, and boiler rooms. In southern states, it will also be found living and breeding outdoors.
Tips for Control – The key to control is to find and treat these sources directly. In many cases, the services of a professional company are required to achieve long term relief. In southern states where this cockroach lives outdoors, successful control involves treating the attic, crawl space, and exterior cracks in the home and finding and treating likely cockroach harborages over the entire property.
Description: These insects are ½ inch in length. They are tan in color and have two dark stripes that run lengthwise on the thorax just behind the head.
Biology: These insects have the shortest life cycle, producing 4-8 egg capsules in their lifetime. Each capsule hold 30-48 eggs which is the result of rapid infestation. These eggs can become full adult roaches in just as little as 45 days. These insects eat everything humans eat and things we cannot eat.
Habits: Cockroaches will be found in places closest to moisture and food. They can be found infesting kitchens and bathrooms first. Since cockroaches are afraid of open spaces they can be found resting in cracks and crevices. A cockroach will only travel 10-12 feet away from their nesting area to look for food.
Control: Residual insecticides and gels work well when treating harborage areas directly. Sanitation is important when it comes to roach control. Garbage should be discarded in bins with lids. Cooking areas should be free from grease and food particiles. Dead roaches should be removed immediately.
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