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What Alexander City Property Owners Need To Know About American Cockroaches

July 16, 2020 - Cockroaches

Whether it’s democracy, donuts, soccer, or sushi, us Americans love to take credit for things that didn’t really originate in America. This even extends to our cockroaches. The most prevalent cockroach in Alexander City is the formidable American cockroach. But most insect experts think that this species came from Africa about 400 years ago. Regardless of this misconception though, these cockroaches make their presence felt all across the USA.

Understanding The Invaders

The American cockroach is the largest species of cockroach that will enter the home. Their red-brown bodies typically range from an inch long to a robust 2 and 1/8 inches. Usually identified by the figure 8 pattern on the back of their heads, American cockroaches have wings that allow for brief flight.

You can recognize an infestation by some signs these pests will leave behind. They prefer the moist, dark areas of the basement or under appliances like the fridge. They’ll typically leave egg capsules in these areas, which are small, darkly colored capsules about 5 to 10mm long. They will also leave their droppings in similar places, as well as the corners of the room where they hide. If you witness cockroaches in your home, you most likely have an infestation as they are very keen on avoiding human interaction.

Another sure sign of an infestation is the smell cockroaches leave behind. As they walk along the corners of your home and squeeze through cracks in the walls, they leave a pheromone that produces a musty smell. If there’s a musty smell in your home all of a sudden, and you don’t know why you need to check for other signs of American cockroach activity.

Detrimental Effects

Why is it so important to notice these signs of infestation early? It’s because of the alarming effects that come along with roach activity in your home. The American cockroach in particular is a very worrisome threat to the health of you and your family members. You see, American cockroaches love to hang out in very undesirable places like landfills with moist, contaminated soil or underground sewers. As they crawl through the contaminants, they pick up a variety of bacteria on their legs and undercarriage before crawling into your home.

The American cockroach has been known to carry over 30 different kinds of bacteria, all of which can be spread to the areas of your home that they love to crawl through the most. (That includes your bathroom, kitchen, food prep, and food storage areas). Just a single cockroach can introduce diseases into your home like E.coli and salmonella. They also leave behind allergens that can cause problems for people who suffer from asthma attacks. If you have cockroaches crawling around your home or business, it’s not only uncomfortable…it could be downright deadly.

Prevention Techniques

The only way to keep cockroaches out of your home is to secure all potential (even tiny) entry points through which they can access your house. This includes cracks or holes in the walls and any space under doors. You also should keep your house incredibly clean to create a less inviting habitat. Immediately cleaning up spills or crumbs will help, along with vacuuming and doing the dishes every day or two.

While these techniques will help reduce your risks, there's no guarantee obsessing over cockroach prevention will keep them out of your home. The only surefire way to secure your Alexander City home from the severe health threat of American cockroaches is to contact the professionals at Top Gun Pest Control at the first sign of infestation. Don’t waste your time with ineffective and dangerous home remedies. When the health of you and your family is on the line, you go with the guarantee.

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