American Cockroaches

What do American cockroaches look like?

an american cockroach on a dirty plate in a kitchen in mendota illinois

Adult American cockroaches are dark reddish-brown and have lighter colored edges going around their bodies. They also have a distinctive yellowish figure-8 pattern located behind their heads. Both female and male American cockroaches are winged and are capable of flight.

Where are American cockroaches found?

American cockroaches are generally found living outside. They like to live in damp, warm areas like in flowerbeds, under mulch, in sewers, in pipes, and on trees. While American cockroaches are mostly found outside, they commonly enter Quad City homes and other buildings to search for food and water sources. American cockroaches typically enter underneath doorways and through basement windows and doors. Once inside, they can take up residence in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements.

What do American cockroaches eat?

Outside, American cockroaches can be found nibbling on leaves, fungi, algae, insects, and wood particles. Inside, American cockroaches scavenge and feed on whatever food scraps they come across behind appliances, in cabinets, in sinks, and on floors such as liquid spills, crumbs, and even uneaten pet food that has been left behind.

DIY American cockroach prevention and control tips

Preventing American cockroaches from entering your home is very important because they harbor and transmit a variety of very serious diseases, and leave behind large amounts of feces and shed skins that can lead to serious health problems for you and your family. Tips to prevent problems with American cockroaches in your home include:

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Caulk gaps found around windows and doors, especially ones that are on the basement level.

  • Eliminate water sources like leaky pipes and fixtures, and making sure that gutters are clear and directing water away from your home.

  • Store food items in the refrigerator or in sealed glass or plastic containers, not out in the open on counters or tables.

  • Clean up spills and crumbs quickly.

  • Remove trash from your home regularly, and make sure to wash dirty dishes right away.

Professional American cockroach control

The cockroach control professionals at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators have the training, skill, and equipment needed to eliminate disease-spreading American cockroaches in your home or business. For help resolving infestations of American roaches or other types of cockroaches, please contact Quik-Kill today!

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