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American Cockroach control and Facts

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The American cockroach is the largest cockroach found in houses.
Females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year. Cockroaches don’t get their wings until the become adults.
American cockroaches are also known as “waterbugs” because they are so commonly found near rich water resources, like puddles and water pipes.
American cockroaches are nocturnal. They rest by day and forage for food at night.


Characteristics of American Cockraoch:

Size 2"  
Shape oval  
Color Reddish brown, with a yellowish figure eight pattern on the back of their head  
Legs 6  
Wings yes  
Antenna yes  


American cockroaches will eat just about anything, including plants and other insects.
Life cycle

Females produce an egg case called an ootheca which protrudes from the tip of the abdomen.
After about two days, the egg cases are placed on a surface in a safe location.
Egg cases are about 0.9 centimetres (0.35 in) long, brown, and purse shaped. Immature cockroaches emerge from egg cases in 6 to 8 weeks and require 6 to 12 months to mature.
Adult cockroaches can live up to one year, during which females produce an average of 150 young.

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American cockroaches live in warm, dark, wet places, because they need to be near water. They are often found in sewers and basements, around pipes and drains.

Why Cockroach Control must be done

Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts can also trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.

Cockroaches can pick up disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella on their legs and later deposit them on foods and cause food poisoning". House dust containing cockroach feces and body parts can trigger allergic reactions and asthma.


* Keep cooking, eating and food storage areas clean and dry. *

If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a Pest Management Professional - 'James White Ants Destroying' due to the illnesses they can spread.