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The American cockroach is the largest of the common species, growing to a length of 1-1/2 inches or more. Itâ€™s dark red to dark brown in color, with light markings on the thorax. Both sexes are fully winged, the maleâ€™s wings extending beyond the tip of the abdomen while the femaleâ€™s are about the same length as the abdomen. Females drop their oothecae within a day after they are formed. Oothecae may simply be dropped in a suitable location or glued to some surface with oral secretions. Oothecae are formed at the rate of about one per week until 15 to 90 capsules are produced.
Each ootheca contains 14 to 16 eggs. At room temperature, nymphs hatch out in 45 to 55 days. As they hatch, the nymphs molt, leaving thin cast skins in the egg case. Under ideal conditions, nymphs can reach maturity in 5 months. However, under adverse conditions, 12-24 months may be required for sexually mature adults to develop.
American cockroaches prefer a warm, moist habitat. Theyâ€™re common in food-handling establishments and industrial plants. Outdoors, in countries which have the climate, they live under tree bark, in sewers, or in underground utility chases. This species may travel directly from the sewer to your home carrying organisms on its body and legs that could contaminate your food and kitchen surfaces. Female cockroaches glue or drop 1/4 inch long bean-like egg capsules containing about 6-28 eggs on or around infested areas. Nymphs hatch from the egg case that resemble small grayish-brown adult cockroaches without fully developed wings. Nymphs molt 7 to 13 times in over a year (470 to 600 days, depending on temperature) before becoming adults.
Habitat, Food Source(s), Damage: This is generally an outdoor species, living in wood piles, decaying trees, palm trees and in sewer systems. Cockroaches have flattened bodies that allow them to enter homes through cracks around loose-fitting doors and windows, and where electric lines or pipes pass through walls. They are mainly active at night and hide in cracks and crevices during the day, preferring dark moist sites in attics and basements. Cockroaches eat almost anything including meats and grease, starchy foods, sweets, baked goods, leather, wallpaper paste, book bindings and sizing. Adults are capable of gliding flights.
Pest Status: Although not shown to be direct carriers of disease, they can contaminate food and kitchen utensils with excrement and salivary secretions and leave an unpleasant odor
Beyond Pest Control believes cleanliness is next to godliness. Living by this ancient proverb is the best way to avoid roaches. Keeping your home as clean as possible is the first step toward keeping cockroaches out. The kitchen and bathroom are main trouble spots for Sweep and vacuum often, particularly after meals. All food items should be sealed in plastics containers or kept in the refrigerator. Also remember that roaches are attracted to your petâ€™s food too. Cockroaches are attracted to damp areas and need water to survive. Water is even more important than food to roach survival. Avoid leaving standing water, whether in bathtubs or sinks. Cracks, corners, and crevices are cockroachâ€™s favorite hiding spots. These areas should be caulked shut and sprayed carefully. Cockroaches are difficult to detect. It is important to spray your home regularly, even if you donâ€™t see any roaches physically. A well thought out plan completed with professional help, regular treatments, and upkeep are the only ways to achieve success in your battle against these roaches.
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