As the American Cockroach – Periplaneta Americana, or water bug lives and multiply in the sewers of every major city of the United States, it is very nasty pest that needs to be controlled. They can leave the sewers and move into buildings, carrying all sorts of waste materials on its body, transferring over 33 kinds of bacteria causing diseases, 6 kinds of parasitic worms and 7 kinds of human pathogens, found on that waste. They feed on decaying organic matter aside from other food as well as fermenting food.
How Did They End up in America
These cockroaches was introduced in the United States from Africa and with the extensive global shipping that cockroaches crawl along with, they have been transported throughout the world such as Spain, Greece, Cape Town, Taiwan, Durban and South Africa.
What Do They Look Like
The American Cockroach is large in size that can grow up to 2 inches long when mature. They also have wings when adults that help them get to one place and to another, yet are also one of the fastest running insects. They are reddish brown with a yellowish margin on their body area behind the head. They too have eyes that are large and compound each featuring over 2000 individual lenses allowing them to be active at night rather when there is light. Being tropical, they also prefer to live in damp and warm areas such as steam and boiler rooms. They cannot always be found in houses as the drain traps are full of water in many houses, thus preventing them to enter.
Where Can They Be Found
American Cockroaches are normally found in apartment buildings, most especially in basements, cracks, porches, foundations, walkways, laundry and furnace rooms, but not always on the upper floors. They are usually found by pest control professionals in prisons, restaurants, hospitals, offices and groceries.
What to do about Them
It is essential to monitor any possible entry of American Cockroaches especially through crawl space to avoid infestations. Waste collection goods found in these crawl spaces are food to these pests as well and this can cause a major infestation throughout the establishment as more food will be sought by these pests.
These American Cockroaches can crawl out of the sewers and they crawl out from a dry drain. With the many drains that can be found in large buildings, but not all of them can be monitored. It is essential that water has to be poured through that drain every day consistently to avoid the cockroaches from climbing out. Having a full drain trap will prevent the American Cockroach from climbing out as they cannot swim.
Living in an apartment building that is infested with the American Cockroach is health threatening because of the diseases they carry. Even children have allergic reactions to cockroach allergens. But even working in a commercial building can also risk this infestation and spread of diseases. This mainly why, people should be able to distinguish these American Cockroaches and have the knowledge of what insecticides can be used to control them.