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American Cockroach/Water Bug?
The American Cockroach also know as the water bug is the largest cockroach species that enters homes and businesses in Rhode Island and New England. They generally live outdoors in warm, moist areas like under mulch, log piles and under flower beds but will make their way indoors to look for food and water.
What do they look like?
Adults can grow to be more than 2 inches in length; they are generally a reddish-brown to mahogany color. The area behind their head has a yellow band around it; they also have fully developed wings and are able to fly.
Although capable of living outdoors in tropical environments, German cockroaches are most commonly found indoors, with a preference for the warmer and more humid areas of a structure. In homes, these insects will typically be found in kitchens and bathrooms, but can move to other areas of a home if food and moisture are available.
What do German Cockroaches look like?
German cockroaches are well-known indoor cockroaches with a distribution that is world-wide. Adults are easily recognized by their light brown or tan coloration with two black horizontal stripes located on the pronotum immediately behind the head, and growing to a length of 13 to 16 mm. The much smaller young, or nymphs, are darker, almost black in color, also with the black stripes behind the head.
The origin of the oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis Linnaeus, is uncertain, but it is thought to be from Africa or south Russia. It is a major household pest in parts of the northwest, mid-west, and southern United States. It is also sometimes referred to as the “black beetle” or a “water bug” because of its dark black appearance and tendency to harbor in damp locations.
What do they look like?
The oriental cockroach is approximately 1 inch long (22 to 27mm) and dark brown to black. Males have wings covering 3/4 of their body, and the female has very short (rudimentary) wings. The inner wing folds like a fan and is membranous. The outer part of the wing is narrow, leathery and thick. The styli between a pair of jointed cerci can identify the male. Both the male and female are flightless.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
While they do not bite or sting they do feed and live in areas that harbor dangerous bacteria, such as bathrooms, drains, and dumpsters. The cockroach carries the bacteria on their body and can contaminate food as well as areas where food is prepared. The bacteria can cause vomiting, fever, diarrhea and even transmit Salmonella. This type of roach sheds its skin and leaves excrement behind and in some people the allergens from those will cause severe asthma attacks.
What are signs of an cockroach infestation?
Cockroaches are mostly active at night when they are foraging for food and water. During the day they will hide in cracks and crevices in walls and through the home or business they are infesting. If there is a heavy population you may see them scurrying around or even flying about during the day when disturbed. You may also find their feces in kitchen areas inside the drawers and cabinets, behind appliances and in basements, their excrement resembling coffee grounds. They also secrete an odor that may cause a musty smell in the area they are infesting.
Why do I have an American cockroach problem?
American cockroaches live outdoors, but will make their way inside through cracks in foundations, under doors and spaces around windows in search for food and water.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Cockroaches can be difficult to eliminate with DIY cockroach control methods as there are often many more cockroaches living and hiding in your home then what you are seeing. Trained pest control professionals will be able to discover all of their hiding spots and completely eliminate them from your home. Top Line Pest offers elimination of your cockroach problem starting from only $120.
Cockroach prevention tips from Top Line Pest
There are several things that you can do in and around your home or business to help prevent an American cockroach infestation including:
- Sealing cracks and crevices in your foundation
- Caulking around windows and doors, and installing weather-stripping underneath of doors
- Store garbage cans, compost and woodpiles away from the outside of your home
- Repair leaky pipes in your basement, bathroom and kitchen area
- Eliminate excessive moisture by running a dehumidifier
- Store food in sealed containers up off of your kitchen counter, and keep produce in the refrigerator
- Sanitize food prep surfaces often and clean up any food or drink spill as soon as they occur.
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