How To Get Rid Of American Cockroaches In Gainesville

June 15, 2021

American cockroaches are not patriotic. In fact, there is nothing about these pests that you as an American would be proud of. They are annoying, dangerous, and they do not have any concern for your health or wellbeing. The only thing American cockroaches care about is surviving and if possible thriving no matter what it takes. If you are having trouble with these invasive pests inside your Gainsville home, here are a few things you should know, along with a simple way to get them out.

What Are American Cockroaches?

American cockroaches are the largest species of pest roaches found here in Gainesville and North America. This large reddish-brown pest has six legs, a hard exterior shell, and a pair of two long antennae which it uses in unison with its eyes to see and navigate its surroundings. An American cockroach’s body is oval-shaped and compact. This allows it to squeeze through small gaps and cracks. In fact, this pest prefers to be in locations where its back and belly are each touching a surface at the same time. 

One thing American cockroaches are good at is reproducing. A female roach lays 15 to 90 egg capsules in her lifetime. These capsules take 50 to 55 days to hatch, they are 5/16” long, reddish-brown, and contain 14 to 16 individual eggs. You don’t have to be quick with math to understand that a few of these pests could turn into a serious infestation in no time.

Why Do American Cockroaches Invade Homes?

American cockroaches invade homes to seek shelter and to scavenge for food. They are likely to find food scraps under large kitchen appliances, furniture, and in other tucked-away areas throughout a home. If you keep your home clean, these pests will look for left-out food like fruit and bakery items on countertops and kitchen tables. If all else fails, American cockroaches can live off a diet of toenail clippings, glue, paper, and fabric. All of this is to say, it doesn’t matter how clean your home is, American cockroaches can find something to eat.

The Dangers Of American Cockroaches

Cockroaches are naturally filthy pests. The American cockroach is no exception. This dirty insect regularly carries bacteria, human pathogens, and parasitic worms on and inside its body. These sickness vectors are spread over countertops, kitchen tables, and left-out food. To help you understand the danger this pest poses, here are a few diseases it can spread.

  • Salmonellosis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Dysentery
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Cholera
  • Campylobacteriosis

Seven Tips To Prevent American Cockroaches

  1. Seal damage in your home’s exterior foundation using a caulking gun or liquid cement.
  2. Address issues with door/window screens, door sweeps, and weather stripping.
  3. Fix leaky piping and fixtures.
  4. Make sure your gutters are working properly.
  5. Keep your home clean.
  6. Store leftover food inside airtight containers.
  7. Wash out your pet’s food and water bowls before going to bed at night.

Is There A Simple Solution To American Cockroaches?

Absolutely! Handling American cockroaches on your own is not easy. To help you keep these invasive and dangerous pests out of your Gainesville home, the experts at Alternative Pest Control would like to offer our assistance. Our personalized pest control plans are designed to fit your home’s individual needs. With a range of service options ranging from general pest control to specialized treatments, our team has everything your home needs to stay pest-free, year-round.

Give us a call today with questions or to find a comprehensive solution to your home’s American cockroach problems.

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