American Roach Scientific Name: Periplaneta americana

There are a lot of cockroach species that will infest your home. As different as each type of cockroach may look, they all have one thing in common. Cockroaches spread bacteria. Since cockroaches spend time eating garbage, sewage, and decaying organic matter, they pick up a lot of bacteria, pathogens, and viruses. When a cockroach runs across your plates, countertops, or table, it spreads those diseases on to you and your family.

General Information:

Cockroaches have been referred to as water beetles, because they are often found around water. They have six legs, and their profile is close to the ground. Many varieties have wings, which they can use to glide, but they are not fliers. Since cockroaches are photophobic, you will notice that they scatter whenever you turn on a light. Cockroaches are hardy insects that are resistant to a variety of over the counter pesticides. Cockroaches can eat anything you can, but their diet can also include soap, glue, pet food, books, hair, and feathers.

Signs of an Infestation:

What goes in must come out. Cockroaches spend a lot of their time looking for food or eating food. Once of the best methods to know if you have a cockroach infestation is to look for their feces. Depending on the type of cockroach, this can be anything from pepper shaped to what looks like tine smears of coffee. There will be a lot of feces. The next best sign is to see a cockroach. Remember that cockroaches love to hide, if you end up seeing one there are probably a lot more.


The best way to effectively treat a cockroach infestation is to hit them from every direction. Wall voids need to be treated, traps need to be placed, food sources must be eliminated, and physical barriers must be installed to prevent new outbreaks. When you combine all of the best treatment options, you get a program called integrated pest management. That is what we use at Pointe Pest Control. When you give us a call to eliminate a cockroach infestation, we hit them from every direction. Give us a call today.

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