How Much Do You Really Know About American Cockroaches In Las Vegas?


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If you had to make a guess, about how many cockroach species are in the world, you might underestimate the answer. There are, in fact, around 4,500 different species of cockroaches worldwide. While this is a rather creepy and disturbing number, there are, fortunately, only a handful that you’re likely to find in your home.

Of the few home-invading cockroach species in Las Vegas, one of the most common is the American cockroach. This species is the biggest in the area. They have a greasy appearance and reddish-brown coloration and they can grow up to three inches long. American cockroaches can be identified by the figure-eight marking in pale yellow that is behind their heads.

While they might have the name American cockroach, they aren’t actually a native species to the country. They originally come from Africa, but after being brought to America hundreds of years ago, they’ve become widespread and invasive.

Why American Cockroaches Are More Dangerous Than You Think

You’ve probably heard that cockroaches are unclean and disgusting, but they are actually more dangerous than most people realize. They are particularly dirty pests that are known to carry around 35 different illnesses such as salmonella, E. coli, gastroenteritis, and dysentery. While not all cockroaches will make you sick, there is a good chance they can spread illness if their populations are allowed to grow. In some cases, American cockroaches in Las Vegas can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

Some Simple Cockroach-Prevention Tips

In order to prevent American cockroaches, the best thing you can do is focus on making your property less appealing to them. As these cockroaches need humid environments, places to hide, and easy access to food, focusing on these areas can help reduce your risk of having an infestation. Here are some things you can do to try to prevent an American cockroach infestation:

  • Focus on keeping kitchens clean of food and drink spills.

  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.

  • Take out indoor garbage on a regular basis.

  • Keep outdoor garbage cans fitted with lids.

  • Place door sweeps and weather stripping to limit entry points.

  • Store pet food inside, in airtight containers.

  • Fix broken screens in doors and windows.

  • Look for holes or cracks in walls and your foundation and seal them up.

  • Eliminate excess moisture by fixing leaky plumbing.

  • Check cardboard boxes for cockroaches before bringing them inside.

Why It’s Safest To Get Professional Help With American Cockroaches

American cockroaches are sturdy pests that are difficult to eliminate with readily available pesticides. Trying to remove them on your own is usually ineffective, and many of the sprays needed to get rid of an infestation aren’t safe to use without the proper education.

The best way to keep yourself and others around you safe from these disease-ridden insects is to contact the professionals at Red Rock Pest Control. We provide residential and commercial pest control services for all cockroach infestations in Las Vegas. Find out more about these options, or book your free inspection, by giving us a call today.


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