How to Get Rid of the American Cockroach

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Many Henderson homeowners and business owners have faced the American cockroach at some point. These common house pests can be an insidious problem that gets hard to manage. For the most part, once you see a cockroach, you’ve already got a major infestation. Learn what attracts American cockroaches, and explore tips and tricks to eliminate these dangerous pests.

Signs That You Have Cockroaches

The most obvious sign that you have problems with American cockroaches is seeing one or more of them. When you see them, it’s time to act fast.

Other signs include black specks like coffee grounds on your walls or near food. These are cockroach fecal matter. Small skins are another sign when they are left behind as nymphs grow, irritating allergies and causing asthma attacks. You might smell the pungent odor, meaning there’s a large gathering nearby.

Learn more about how to identify cockroaches here and how to differentiate between American and Oriental cockroaches.

What Attracts American Cockroaches?

Cockroaches enter homes for the same reason that any pests do: They’re looking for food and shelter. They like warm, humid environments like bathrooms and kitchens. They congregate near food preparation areas and are so hearty that they even live inside industrial ovens. Since they are nocturnal, they are usually spotted when you turn on the light at night, when they skitter toward shadowy areas.

They like grease, meat, sweets, leather, paper, and decaying matter. You’ll see them near open food canisters, chewed through cardboard boxes, and trash cans.

How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches

Getting rid of American cockroaches after establishing an active infestation might be challenging. To avoid an infestation, the first thing to do is keep your place clean and pest-proof, so they don’t come in at all. Secure food in plastic containers that are tightly sealed. Don’t leave pet food sitting out overnight. Clean your surfaces and empty garbage regularly. Keep debris and trash away from the house. Caulk any areas they might be able to get into.

If you get an infestation, you can use sprays and traps found on the market to treat the issue. Insecticide granules and roach baits are adequate, as cockroaches carry them back to the nest and share them. Insecticide dust in cracks and crevices also works. Traps may control the problem, but they won’t solve it.

Don’t assume cockroaches are gone because you don’t see them anymore. Roaches are smart. It’s a good idea to get an inspection to be sure the issue has been addressed.

When to Call the Cavalry at Dr. Death Pest Control

Roaches are common house pests that breed like wildfire. It often takes multiple visits from professional pest control companies to truly get rid of an infestation and keep it gone. If getting the proper sprays and traps seems overwhelming, reach out to Dr. Death Pest Control. We have the tools, knowledge, and experience to help keep your family, pets, and house safe from these disease-carrying bugs. Contact Dr. Death Pest Control today!

Currently only servicing Henderson and Boulder City.

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