What Every Las Vegas Homeowner Should Know About American Cockroaches

3/9/2020


a cockroach crawling on a rock

Cockroaches can survive almost anywhere, but the harsh, hot desert can give even these survivors a run for their money. Luckily for them, they have human houses and infrastructure for shelter. These roaches are masters of taking advantage of the dark corners of urban civilization. That’s why it’s important for homeowners to know how to spot the signs of roach invaders and act fast to remove them.

American Cockroach Identification

The American cockroach is the largest variety in the world, regularly growing to more than an inch in size. Look for the following characteristics when identifying American cockroaches:

  • Shape: American cockroaches are oval-shaped and have wings that extend beyond the length of their bodies. They have six legs and can appear quite flat.
  • Color: American cockroaches are brown or reddish in color and can have golden or blonde hairs lining their legs and bodies.
  • Size: American cockroaches grow bigger on average than other varieties. If you see a cockroach that’s close to an inch (or more) in size and meets these other specifications, it’s certainly an American cockroach.

Problems Of A Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches may not be as big as some animals, but they can surely cause some big problems. Aside from being gross to look at and have around, roaches can cause the following issues:

  • Disease: Cockroaches are nefarious pests in their ability to spread diseases and illnesses. They are linked to the spread of 33 different kinds of bacteria and are known to spread six different kinds of parasitic worms.
  • Odor: Cockroaches poop just like all other animals. Their rotting egg sacs don’t pair very nicely with the other odors they leave behind. When deposited inside the walls or vents, their droppings and eggs can stink up an entire building.
  • Allergies: Aside from diseases and parasites, roaches can also traffic dust and dander that sticks to their hairy bodies. The saliva, urine and fecal droppings of cockroaches contain allergen proteins that can cause serious allergic reactions in people, especially those who are extremely vulnerable to allergens, like children and the elderly.

Signs Of Cockroaches In The Home

Cockroaches are pretty good at hiding, and they tend to stick to dark, dank places and are seldom seen during the day. When the lights go on, they skitter off back to shelter and shadows. However, there are some other things you can spot to identify their presence in a building:

  • Stains: Cockroaches’ wet bodies can leave streaks as they crawl over surfaces. You’ll often find the evidence of their scampering on walls or countertops.
  • Discarded droppings and eggs: Cockroaches leave behind droppings and egg sacs. While they often leave eggs hidden in their nesting grounds, you can spot feces anywhere they scrounge for food. Both of these residual signs also create unpleasant and distinctive smells which serve as another sign.
  • Skin Sheds: When young cockroaches, or nymphs, grow in size, they shed their shell-like exteriors. Spotting these discarded shells is a sign of a mature cockroach infestation, since adults have had time to raise new generations.
  • Live Sightings: while it’s rare for cockroaches to be sighted especially during daylight hours, seeing a live cockroach is an almost certain sign of a full-blown infestation.

Professional Solutions Are Best

Cockroaches can be legendarily hard to get rid of. Not only can they quickly populate and survive on scraps, but they are resistant to many kinds of solutions making it nearly impossible to get rid of them on your own. That’s why do-it-yourself methods can be a waste of time and money.
 
The best course of action is to turn to the professionals at Red Rock Pest Solutions for quick and effective cockroach removal. Our expert methods are proven to completely eradicate pest populations. We know all the places pests like to hide so we can perform thorough inspections and recommend prevention methods and solutions in addition to removing existing problems.
 
Turn to the professionals at Red Rock at the first sign of cockroaches in your home.




 

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