American cockroaches are not from America at all. Most likely imported on ships around the 1600s. They are large brown oval insects. Adults have wings and nymphs are often less dark; sometimes reddish-brown. Called “water bugs” and “Palmetto bugs”, they feed on decaying organic matter, especially fermenting matter. Many times, living in sewers, they can come indoors if conditions are right. If large populations are found inside of homes it could be a sign of a moisture source in or around the home.
Found worldwide, American Cockroaches have been reported to spread Salmonella, E. coli, human pathogens, at least six kinds of parasitic worms, and other various types of bacteria. They carry these germs on their bodies and transfer them to surfaces and food. Cockroaches' bodily waste and saliva have also been known to be the cause of asthma attacks and various allergic reactions. This is especially dangerous for children and other individuals with a weakened immune system. The health risks they create can be severe, which is why it is vital to have a professional inspect your home and work to exterminate them.
Doing your best to keep your home clean will help with other insects, it will have no affect on American Roaches. This is applies to German Roaches and Oriental Roaches as well. It is the moisture sources in and around your home that effects populations. If you notice droppings that may look similar to mouse droppings, dark egg capsules, which are about 8mm long, or a musty smell, this could be a sign of an infestation. Any evidence of these should be inspected by one of our professionals who can determine whether they are American Cockroaches or not.
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