Being able to identify the signs of an American cockroach infestation early on will allow you to avoid many of the health problems that can be caused by this insect. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the signs that you need to keep an eye out for if you suspect that you have an American cockroach infestation.
The habits of the American cockroach infestation
American cockroaches will infest buildings where they can find abundant food sources and shelter. They are usually active in temperatures of 70 degrees or above, but they can easily survive in lower temperatures when the right conditions are present. The life cycle of the American cockroach consists of three stages – egg, nymph and adult. The egg stage can last for a month, and it can take as many as 12 months for a nymph to mature. During these 12 months, the nymph will molt and shed its exoskeleton for over 13 times. Once they reach maturity, the roaches have another year left to live.
Signs that there is an American cockroach infestation in the home
Like with most pests, American cockroach infestations are more likely to start in the winter, because indoors, the roaches will find food and warmth. However, infestations can start throughout the year, and it’s important to know which signs to look for in order to identify an infestation. The first and most obvious sign is seeing a roach in the home
This does not alway mean that there is an infestation, but odds are that the roaches are set up indoors. The second sign to keep an eye out for is the presence of cockroach droppings. The droppings resemble black pepper, and they will be clumped up together in the corners of the room, inside drawers, and in darker areas of the home. Their droppings also have a noticeable musty smell when they are present in large numbers.
What to do if you identify an American cockroach infestation
If you detect an American cockroach infestation, your best bet is to work with a pest control professional in order to remove it. A pro will be able to quickly get rid of the roaches using insecticides. Contact us today if you are having issues with American cockroaches, or if you have any other questions about American cockroach infestations in the home.