Often mistakenly known as water-bugs or Palmetto bugs, American Roaches are on average, about 4 cm in length. They move very quickly and can trigger asthma in some people.

One thing which is almost universally agreed upon is that roaches of any size are disgusting. They multiply rapidly and carry various pathogens. Because they eat a wide variety of foodstuffs, anything from cardboard glue to toothpaste, and because they are extremely mobile and able to hitchhike into the home in paper sacks, boxes, and through tiny crevices, they can be difficult to eradicate.

 

 

Types of Cockroaches

 
  • American cockroaches (sewer roaches)
  • German cockroaches
  • Turkestan cockroaches
  • Brownband cockroaches
 
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What are the Signs of Cockroach Infestation?

Cockroaches are easy to spot on the floor or counter of the home when turning on the light at night after dark in places where they infest. In addition, their egg sacs are usually found in the kitchen or bath. Tan or light brown in color, they're tube shaped, about 1/4 inch long, and may contain up to 40 young.

 

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Control roach entry by sealing all cracks and crevices in the home and limiting the number of boxes and paper bags permitted in the home to those which have been thoroughly examined. 

Eliminate clutter, boxes, and newspapers where cockroaches might hide. Vacuum thoroughly, remove trash on a daily basis, and wipe up all food and spills promptly.

Call for professional help if more immediate eradication is desired. For every roach you see, there may be hundreds hiding in walls, pantries, and cabinets, and they're breeding at a brisk pace.