American Cockroach

American Cockroach
Size : up to 2"
Color : Reddish brown
Habitat : Tropical climate
Origin : Native to Southern US
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The American cockroach has several different common names including the "waterbug" (palmetto bug) and the "Bombay Canary". Despite its most common name, the American Cockroach, this cockroach is not native to the United States or even the North or South Americas. They were brought over from Africa and introduced to the western region via ships. American cockroaches are actually found all over the world, including the United States.

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American Cockroach Identification

American cockroaches may be one of the larger species of cockroaches to invade homes in order to find food. Full grown adults are over an inch long growing to be about 1.3 inches to a huge 2 inches. Both sexes are fully winged. The wings of males extend beyond the end of their abdomens and the wings of females do not. Although they possess wings, most American cockroaches are poor fliers and some are just moderately good at flying. Wings are metallic gray in color when they are closed. The bodies of American cockroaches are reddish brown except for a pale yellow to a yellow brown band that goes around the edge of the shell. The last segment of the body is at least twice as long as the body is wide. So in other words, they are fairly thin or slender insects.

Less developed nymphs are all uniform in color. They are a grayish brown on their dorsal side and paler in color on the ventral side and their coats are shiny. Later instars are a brighter reddish-brown color. Nymphs are slender in shape just like fully matured adults; however, they do not possess wings and so people are able to see a distinct taper on the ends of their abdomens. The antennae of all instars are a uniform brown color and normally, the antennae are longer compared to their bodies than when they are fully mature.

The egg capsules are dark red to a blackish brown color. They are about 8 mm long and the length is double the size of the width. Each egg capsule holds 8 eggs on each side.

American Cockroaches Habitat

American roaches are attracted to moist areas; however, they can survive in dry places if they have access to an adequate water source. They cannot live in cold temperatures and that is why they will migrate indoors during the colder seasons. Although they are found in homes, they are more common in commercial areas like restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, and etc. Inside the homes though, they can be found in the basements, crawl spaces, and other tight crack and crevice areas. They usually nest outdoors and so when they weather begins to become warm again, they will move from the house to the yard and areas adjacent to the building like alleyways or in the city sewer systems.

How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches

Because of the slow development and large size, overwhelming or large infestations of American roaches are not common inside houses and other buildings. However, because they cannot tolerate cold climates, they may enter buildings where temperatures are much warmer. They may also travel inside to forage for food when food sources outdoors are inadequate. When a homeowner finds an American cockroach inside their house, it is most likely an occasional invader. However, this will also mean that there is a potential nest outside that is close enough for the roaches to travel inside for food. Therefore, for American cockroach infestations, it is necessary to do outdoor control. Exclusion is the main type of control that will get rid of American cockroaches inside the house. If homeowners are able to locate nests, American cockroaches can be flushed out with liquid concentrate insecticides. If not, cockroach baits in the gel or granular form can be placed around the perimeter of the house. There are bait stations available that may protect the baits from breaking down. A perimeter treatment with a liquid residual spray is necessary to kill on contact. Liquid sprays are sprayed around the perimeter of the house in a barrier form. All utility pipes that may enter the home and any cracks and crevices should be sealed properly.

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Q. What company should I choose one power spraying Cy kick, the other power spraying a product called demand cs. Both coming on a quarterly basis
I've decided to use a pest service on my home in Austin tx, I know the heat breaks down product as well as rains that we get in the Austin area every once in a while, I've broke my decision down to two companies, one is saying the product they will power spray is Cy-kick. The other company says they will be power spraying the product Demand cs. My main bugs that we are dealing with are scorpions, spiders, Beatles, and an occasional wasp.. Both companies are around the same price both wanting to come out quarterly. What's the main differences and if you were in my shoes and with your expertise, which product would you choose to be treated on your home for those specific issues.
A.   We recommend using Demand CS because it is a micro-encapsulated product. Therefore, Demand CS has a longer residual time.
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Q. can anyone purchase Boracare Termiticide
A.   Yes, anyone can buy Boracare from our web store. We do have a broker's license that allows us to sell it to the general public AS LONG AS they are using it for personal pest control and not for commercial resale or distribution.
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Q. Can you use a garden hose end sprayer to apply Cy-Kick Cs to home and yard?
A.   As long as the garden hose sprayer can calibrate the correct dilution ratio, then yes, you can use a garden hose sprayer to apply the CY-kick insecticide.
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Q. how to cancel an order?
A.   If your order was placed after hours or in the mornings before 12 PM EST, you must contact us to cancel the order before 3 PM EST. The best way ensure the cancellation is to call us at 1-800-788-4142. If your order has already been shipped, unfortunately, we will not be able to cancel it.
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Q. you have size exta-large tall?
A.   Our bee suits are all standard size. We do not have an extra tall size for our suits.
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Q. flytech 15 if you have a cross ref.
A.   Here is the link to all of our fly traps: http://www.pestmall.com/search.php?keywords=fly light Trap&x=0&y=0
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When is the best time of the year to apply merit?
A.   The "best time" to apply Merit would really depend on the pest that you are targeting and also the region that you live in. Consider contacting your local Cooperative Extension System Offices. They are able to give you time frame of the "best time" to apply depending on what you are targeting.
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Q. how scoops of cyber wp goes into a 32oz bottle of water
A.   Depending on the target pest, the dilution rate of Cyper WP is 1 or 2 scoops per gallon of water. Please refer to the product label for a list of the target pests and the dilution rate according to the target pest.
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Q. Live in N.Y. can I purchase Boracare Termiticide
A.   Yes you can. Boracare is registered in the state of New York.
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Q. What kills dust mites. Benzrid?
I had a bed couch steam cleaned and now keep getting bit by mites I covered the mattress allergy plastic cover How can I get rid of mites apparently in the rug :? What should I do Had the couch cleaned on the 9/7 applied cover 9/17
A.   There are several different products for Dust Mite control. Look into Steri-fab, which is a spray that does not have a residual but is great for an initial treatment or one time treatment. Also, Bedlam Bed Bug Spray has dust mites on the product label that is a great product as well and has a short residual of about 1 week to 2 weeks.
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