American cockroaches are not just nuisances. They carry and spread germs that can cause a number of respiratory diseases and even asthma.
An adult American cockroach (or Periplaneta Americana in Latin) can be more than three inches long. This reddish brown insect will usually have a yellow identification mark behind its head. If you suspect American cockroaches infested your New Jersey residence, it would be a good idea to understand some facts about these insects and call a New Jersey roach exterminator immediately.
Female American cockroaches create capsule-shaped cases and keep their eggs in those cases. Each case usually has space for 16 eggs. The cases protect the eggs from rain and wind. Female cockroaches keep the protective cases in a warm place. Depending on the availability of food, an egg may develop into an adult roach in less than six months. First, the egg hatches and forms tiny nymphs and then grows into an immature roach.
Behavior & Diet
Both female and male American cockroaches have wings. The wings develop when an immature cockroach grows into an adult. American cockroaches are found in damp areas and on trees. This is why they are often called palmetto bugs. You may find them in the cracks and crevices of your bathroom, store room, or sewer systems. These roaches need three main things to survive – food, water, and a shelter. They easily find a way into your home through tiny holes the walls, doors, windows and pipes. They usually take shelter in the bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and basements.
American cockroaches that live on the trees or in an outdoor location usually eat wood particles, algae, fungi, and leaves. On the other hand, American roaches living inside a home or in an indoor area usually eat left-over foods, crumbs, scraps, and pet foods.
Signs of Infestation
If you suspect your home is infested with American cockroaches, first try to spot the actual inspect to be sure about any infestation. Check all the dark, damp areas in the bathroom, store room, kitchen and garage. Chances are you’ll find them at night. Use torch lights and you may notice these insects scurrying away quickly. Some of them may even fly. If you do not see the actual insect, look for the following signs.
- Droppings in floors, basements, kitchen and any corners of your home – The droppings of American roaches usually have blunt ends.
- Reddish brown egg capsules in the basement, kitchen, laundry room, garages and shades – The capsules usually have a length of more than 35mm and you may find the capsule in a warm place.
- A strong, musty odor in and around your house – American cockroaches usually produce aggregation pheromone, a chemical compound that helps the roaches to stay in groups.
How do American cockroaches enter your New Jersey home?
American cockroaches may come to your home in search of food, water, and shelter. They may find a way into your home through any cracks and crevices in the walls, damaged weather strips, electrical pipes, garages, and basement windows.
How harmful is a New Jersey American cockroach infestation?
American roaches are not just nuisances, but they carry and spread germs that cause a number of respiratory diseases and even asthma. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that these roaches may carry germs causing plague, leprosy, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea. If you notice any signs of infestation, contact a professional New Jersey Roach Exterminator as soon as possible! Call (201) 916-4603 today to speak with an experienced pest control specialist at Titan Pest Control.