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What is American Cockroaches?

The American cockroach is the largest species of house-infesting pest, commonly found in cafes, restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, pest shops, and other facilities where food is stored or made. These creatures can be spotted in damp sewers, basements, and heating ducts. In addition, they are often bought into homes in boxes or packaging from infested establishments.

Adult American cockroaches can grow up to 3.5-4cm, with some reaching over 5cm. They have a reddish-brown colour and a distinctive yellow band behind their head. These insects are equipped with wings that allow them to fly short distances.

Male American cockroaches have wings that extend slightly beyond the tip of their abdomen, while female wings are the same length as their abdomen. Nymphs, which are baby cockroaches, resemble adults but are smaller in size and do not have wings.

The American cockroach lifecycle consists of three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. The female lays the eggs in dark brown capsules that are approximately 8mm in length. The female drops the egg capsule within 24 hours of formation.

Typically, the female American cockroach selects a secure spot to deposit the egg capsule, which holds 14 to 16 eggs on average. The capsule, which is dark brown and about 8mm long, is attached to a concealed surface, and a new one is generated and fixed every week. A single female can develop 15 to 90 egg capsules during her lifetime.

The incubation period for the egg stage of American cockroaches varies from 29 to 58 days. Nymphs take around 50 to 55 days to hatch at room temperature. They are initially greyish brown in colour and become reddish-brown after the first few moults.

Dangers to Humans

American cockroaches have a varied diet that includes cheese, bakery products, dead animals, plant materials, glue, and even hair. They are also attracted to and thrive in damp areas such as sewers, garbage areas, and bathrooms where they can feed and shelter.

These cockroaches can spread filth from their harbourage sites, such as sewers, garbage areas, and bathrooms, to your food, kitchen counters, dishes, utensils, and other surfaces. As a result, contaminated food and cooking areas can spread illnesses like food poisoning, dysentery, or diarrhoea.

Additionally, these pests’ waste and moulted skin contain allergens that can provoke allergic reactions. Additionally, if the level of infestation is severe, it can create a foul smell in your residence.

Trust Tom’s Pest Control

Tom’s Pest Control Canberra utilises innovative and effective techniques to tackle cockroach infestations on your premises. Our solutions are reasonably priced and guarantee the complete eradication of pests. Our professionals concentrate on resolving your current pest problem and provide suggestions on how to prevent future pest issues.

With the most up-to-date equipment and safe cockroach pest control techniques, we can take care of infestation issues of any level. When you hire us to control the roach population on your property, we first conduct a thorough inspection.

We conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the extent of the infestation, identify the areas where the roaches are hiding, and evaluate the pest control needs of your property. Then, we create a tailored treatment plan for your home or office based on the information gathered.

We implement the plan carefully and carry out extermination using the most up-to-date equipment and safe pest control techniques. Once the treatment is completed, we will provide helpful prevention tips to stop cockroaches from returning to your property.

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Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re experiencing a pest control problem at your residence or business. Our team of courteous and experienced professionals is available to assist you with any pest infestation concerns you may have. Contact us today for immediate assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do American cockroaches bite?

Although American cockroaches are capable of biting, they seldom do. If you do get bitten, it should not be a significant concern unless the wound becomes infected. In the event of an infection, it is recommended to seek medical attention.

What Are the Signs of American Cockroach Infestation?

American cockroaches may be present on your property if you observe the following four signs:

  • Rapidly moving insects that scurry into dark areas.
  • Droppings in dimly lit spaces that are small, blunt, and have ridges on the sides.
  • Dark-coloured egg capsules that are about 8mm long.
  • A musty odour in the vicinity.
How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches from Your Property?

Getting rid of American cockroaches from your property could be a challenging task. Therefore, it is recommended to follow conventional pest control measures to prevent them from entering your home, such as frequently cleaning your surroundings, sealing off unwanted entrances like cracks, holes, and broken screens, and repairing leaky pipes.

Due to the small size and flight capability of Australian cockroaches, eradicating them from your property may require the assistance of a professional exterminator.