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How The American Cockroach Finds Its Way Into Your New Castle Kitchen

November 25, 2019


Few things are as startling as coming across a giant bug unexpectedly. If you’ve never had an encounter with an American cockroach, consider yourself lucky, but realize that it could happen to you. American cockroaches are the most common type of roach in the New Castle area, and without taking the proper precautions, American cockroaches could find their way into your New Castle kitchen.

What Are American Cockroaches?

American cockroaches are the biggest cockroach in the roach family, sometimes growing larger than two inches in length. They are typically a reddish-brown color with yellowish markings on the back of their heads. With an oval-shaped body, six spiky legs, two long antennae, and a pair of wings, they can be frightening to come across, even if they rarely fly.

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While you’re unlikely to come away from an encounter with an American cockroach with a bite, that doesn’t mean they’re not dangerous. Cockroaches are known to carry and spread many dangerous diseases, including E.coli and salmonella, and they’re also host to a number of different parasitic worms. Furthermore, the saliva, urine, and fecal matter of American cockroaches can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms in some people.

How American Cockroaches Find Their Way Into Your Kitchen & How To Prevent Them

Typically, American cockroaches will be drawn to your home due to certain appealing factors, like water or food. They prefer warm, moist, and dark environments, which is why they’re often found in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or under kitchen sinks.

To prevent American cockroaches from getting inside, start by inspecting the outside of your house. Cut back foliage around the edge of your house to allow more sunlight to dry mulch and flower beds. Seal all openings into your house to prevent roaches from being able to get inside. Store outdoor garbage bins away from your house and keep them tightly covered. Inside, check for any leaking pipes and fix any moisture problems you may have. Sweep and vacuum frequently to remove crumbs from the floor. Clean up after each meal, washing all dishes and wiping down countertops. Take out the garbage frequently. Store food in airtight containers instead of leaving it out on the counter.

What To Do If You Find American Cockroaches In Your New Castle Home

If you find a roach in your home, you may be tempted to buy a giant can of roach spray and carry it around with you everywhere you go; unfortunately, this won’t help you very much. American cockroaches are incredibly resilient and difficult to kill, as they can become resistant to chemical sprays. Also, if you see one roach, there are likely more lurking around where you can’t see them.

Instead of trying DIY methods that rarely work to completely eradicate all cockroaches in a home, reach out to Moyer Pest Control. We offer home pest control that are effective against your roach infestation, no matter how big or small. Contact us today to schedule pest control services for your New Castle home.

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