The American Cockroach
The American cockroach is the largest species of common cockroach, and often considered a pest. It is colloquially known as the water bug, though is not a true water bug since it is not aquatic. It is also known as the ship cockroach, kakerlac, and Bombay canary. It is often misidentified as a palmetto bug.
Appearance: Adult American cockroaches average between 1.4” to 1.6” (35-41mm) in length, but they can grow to exceed 2”. American cockroaches are reddish brown in colour with a yellow band that outlines the area behind their head. Both males and females have wings and can fly short distances.
Do they bite? American cockroaches have the ability to bite, although they rarely do. If a bite occurs, it should not be problematic unless it gets infected.
Signs of an infestation: There are four tell-tale signs of an American cockroach infestation. First, homeowners will see the fast-moving insects themselves usually fleeing to dark areas. Second, American cockroaches leave behind droppings in the dim areas in which they hide. These small droppings are blunt on the ends and have ridges on the sides. They are often mistaken for mouse droppings, so it’s important to contact a licensed pest control professional so call Proven Pest Control now on 1300 082 552 for proper identification. Another sign of an American cockroach infestation is the presence of egg capsules, which are about 8 mm long and dark-coloured. Egg capsules are sometimes glued to a surface near food sources, and can be found in basements, laundry rooms and kitchens, as well as behind appliances or underneath cabinets. Lastly, the American cockroach will produce a pheromone that some people describe as having a “musty” smell. People with sensitive noses may notice this odour around the house
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