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How To Control American Cockroaches

Usually when you put the term “American” in front of a noun, it's supposed to bring about feelings of patriotism and pride. However, when it comes to the American cockroach, the only thing it elicits is fear and grossness. German cockroaches may be one of the most annoying and troublesome pests, but it’s the American cockroach that makes homeowners jump up on their couch and reach for their brooms. While not as prolific as the German cockroach, they can become a problem in households and their rather large size and the fact that they can is startling for most.

The American Cockroach is also commonly called the Palmetto or Water bug. It is reddish-brown in color and can reach lengths of 1.5 inches and bigger. Both female and male American cockroaches have wings and have the ability to fly but they only do so in rare cases. The female roach lays egg capsules which contain around 16 in warm and humid areas which contains a protective case. When the eggs hatch, nymph roaches then come out of the capsule, shed their skins and go looking for food.

American cockroaches typically live outdoors and prefer warm, damp areas like gardens and on trees. Outdoors they like to eat leaves, tiny wood particles, algae and other smaller insects. When they venture on indoors, it’s in search for water or food and often go to bathrooms, kitchens or basements to seek nourishment and shelter.

If you have had a problem with American cockroaches trespassing on your property, Solutions Pest and Lawn has all that you need to eliminate these pests for good and keep them out.

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How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches: 4 Step Solution

American cockroaches can be very frustrating to have and if left untreated, their population can grow and get out of control. Not to worry, there are ways to tackle these stubborn pests. By following the steps we have laid out below you can get rid of American cockroaches from your home successfully.

 American Cockroach ID

Step One: Identification. Knowing how the American cockroach looks is a great help in learning how to approach control measures. One thing you will immediately notice with American cockroaches is that can get pretty large which is startling for most homeowners. They can be an inch and a half or even bigger. They are brown colored and normally like to stay outdoors but will find their way indoors when looking for food or warmth. If you have trouble correctly identifying the American cockroach, send a photo of the roach our way at identification@solutionsstores.com and we'll ID the bug for you and give you control options. 

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Step Two: Inspection. A thorough and detailed sanitation and exclusion conducted on your entire home is the most important step if you hope to eliminate outbreaks of American cockroaches in your home. American cockroaches need 3 things to survive in your home-food, water, and shelter. The way to eliminate these from the home requires rolling up your sleeves and getting to cleaning. Clean your home, especially the kitchen thoroughly to make sure no crumbs, grease or oils are left behind. Regularly take out trash and vacuum. Removing water sources by keeping areas dry and fixing leaks in plumbing etc. American Cockroaches prefer to live outdoors, but when they are desperate enough, they will set up residence indoors if you make it easy for them.Seal off holes, cracks and crevices with caulking to take away areas of harborage for roaches. A combination of black foam and Stuff-It Copper Mesh can help greatly in this step.


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Step Three: Control Once the home is sanitized and you have implemented the necessary exclusion measures you can then carry out treatment methods. We suggest a multi-pronged approach as opposed to a single method of control. A combination of baits, sprays and dusts should be used so if roaches are resistant to one method, they may be more responsive to another method. Sprays like Reclaim IT should be used to create barriers and to get into hard to reach areas where roaches like to hide. Make sure to spray around windows and doors. Baits are also effective in that they contain attractants roaches enjoy and will take back to their harborage area and share amongst one another, ideally creating a domino effect that will kill off the whole population. Use Ficam Insect bait around perimeter, exterior and attics.  Indoors, use Apex gel. Spray Fipro around cracks and crevices and use D-Fense dust around appliances.


Step Four: Prevention Once the roach population has been wiped out, you should work to discourage American cockroaches from returning through preventative measures. Regularly inspect your home for roach activity and maintain a regular cleaning routine, daily, weekly and monthly to make sure the place is properly sanitized and unwelcoming to roaches.  Spray the exterior perimeter of the house with an insecticide and make sure to inspect anything before bringing it into your home for roaches. Put screens on your doors and cover cracks beneath doors and any other points of entry that roaches could use to gain access into your home.

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