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What Every Nassau County Resident Should Know About American Roaches

October 15, 2022 - Cockroaches

It's an unfortunate fact that American cockroaches are common pests in Nassau County. As a result, it's important for residents to identify these pests, be aware of the hazards they bring into area homes, understand the challenges of eliminating American cockroaches, and how professional pest control in Nassau County can help.

What Do American Cockroaches In Nassau County Look Like?

There are many different types of cockroaches living in America. Ironically American cockroaches are not native to North America and were likely introduced by ships from Africa in the early 1600s. If you are noticing huge cockroaches on your property, they are likely American cockroaches. These insects are the largest home-infesting roach and can grow to be up to three inches in length. They are reddish-brown with a yellowish figure eight behind their heads. Both males and females have wings and can fly short distances.

Despite their large size, American cockroaches are still very adept at staying out of sight, and unless your infestation is advanced, you are more likely to notice signs of cockroaches than to spot an actual roach. Some indicators of an American cockroach infestation include: 

  • Droppings: American cockroach droppings are often mistaken for mouse droppings. If you look closely, you'll notice that cockroach droppings are ridged with blunt ends.
  • Egg Capsules: Another sure sign of an American cockroach infestation is egg capsules. These are half-an-inch-long dark cases that are often glued to surfaces near food sources or in basements, laundry rooms, and kitchens.
  • Smell: Cockroaches produce a pheromone that leads to a musty smell in infested homes. As an infestation grows, so does this odor. 

If you spot a cockroach or any signs indicating they are in your home, it's essential to take action quickly.

Are American Roaches In Nassau County Dangerous?

American cockroaches seek out decaying matter such as garbage, sewage, and other unsanitary places. As they travel through our homes, they spread germs and pathogens. Many people know that cockroaches carry disease, but they may not be aware of the extent of the dangers cockroaches bring into our homes. 

American cockroaches can spread over 30 kinds of bacteria, six different types of parasitic worms, and seven other human pathogens. In addition to these health risks, there is a protein in cockroach saliva, droppings, and shed skins that often trigger allergy and asthma symptoms in many people.  

Why Is It So Hard To Get Rid Of American Roaches In Homes?

Out of all the pests that invade Nassau County homes, cockroaches can be some of the most difficult to eliminate. These pests are experts at hiding and staying out of sight, so infestations often grow without our awareness. Once you discover cockroaches, they can be challenging to eliminate due to their uncanny survivalist nature. Cockroaches can live for months without food, a week without their heads, and even underwater for over half an hour. Additionally, American cockroaches can produce two egg cases a week with 16 eggs per case, so their population steadily grows even as you work to keep cockroaches away. The best way to get rid of cockroaches naturally is to seek assistance preventing cockroaches in your home. 

The Secret To Effective American Cockroach Control

At EM Pest Control, Inc. we provide specialized pest control designed to meet the needs of your home and family. We can help you get rid of cockroaches forever by eliminating current infestations and providing follow-up services to ensure that American cockroaches and other pests do not return to your Nassau County home. 

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