American Cockroach (Palmetto Bug)
The American Cockroach is reddish brown in color with a pale or yellow brown on the upper surface. They are about 1.5 to 2 inches long. The longest of the common species are winged but seldom fly.
The American Cockroach have the ability to multiply quickly and can be a nuisance in large numbers. The female lays many egg capsules containing 14 to 16 eggs each. These capsules will hatch within 50-60 days, releasing a handful of grayish, grown nymphs that will each molt 9 - 13 times before adulthood. The average period of time to complete nymphal stage is about 6 to 12 months. The adult female can live up to 14 -15 months in ideal conditions.
The American Cockroach or often called the palmetto bug primarily live outside in moist shady areas in yards, wood piles and tree hollows. They often wander inside in search of food or due to extreme weather conditions. They prefer areas warm and moist and dark, like basements, crawl spaces, around bath tubs, floor drains and sewers.
When the cockroach enters the home, it contaminates food and sometimes transmits diseases. To stop it from coming in from outside; repair screens, check clearances around door frames and seal areas around the house where they may gain access. Repair any water leaks and ventilate moist areas to dry them out. Since the cockroach is attracted to moisture, remove rotting leaves or compost piles from the exterior of the house. Also keep trash cans away from the home. Have a good exterior treatment done on scheduled intervals at least every 6 months. At Safari Pest Control we can keep these pests away from your home and family with the best and safest methods and products available.
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