The American Roach, a home invader!

The Huge American Roach

The American Roach is the huge roach that is one of the outside pests that wonder indoors at times. Some people have been known to call this pest a water bug. They generally don’t infest inside homes, but crawl or fly in at times of dry weather in search of food or water sources.

They are usually just an annoyance for the home owner when they wonder inside. To some people they are a frightening pest. They say 99 percent of pests that invade the home come from outside and the American Roach is one of them pests.

Identifying the American Roach

The American Roach is the largest of the common cockroaches at a length of 1 ½ inches long. They are reddish brown in color with the thorax being lighter in color. The American Roach prefer dark moist areas.

Some of these areas would be under structures, in basements, mulches, wood piles, stumps, attics, behind the brick foundations of brick homes, etc. These are only a few of the living areas you will find the American Roach. They are a noisy pest as they are loud crawlers in areas such as leaves in the yard.

They can produce into great numbers, but unlike the German Cockroach having a great many of eggs per capsule the American Roach ootheca (egg capsule) only has around 15 eggs inside. They are scavengers and will eat almost anything but prefer items such as paper, fruits, starchy foods, leaves, fungi, etc.

These are only a few things the American Roach will eat. The American Roach is also able to fly and can glide long distances.

Control of the American Roach

There are several things that can be done in order to control the American roach and keep the population to a minimum. One thing would be to remove areas in which they live.

Some examples are piles of leaves, mulch areas, and piles of junk where they harbor, wood piles, etc. Access points where they enter the structure can be sealed or caulked to keep them out of the home.

I wouldn’t recommend caulking the gaps in the bricks for brick homes as this acts as ventilation for moisture inside the walls. These gaps in the bricks should not be caulked to keep the American Roach out of your home.

If they are sealed, you can create another problem of potentially having mold in your walls. These gaps were left there for a reason. Residual sprays can be sprayed for American Roaches to areas specified by the label.

Some of these areas would be inside the structure, under a structure, or the perimeter for example. Dusts are a great tool for treating the American Roach in areas such as voids that are untreatable with residual sprays.

If using dusts they must be used in dry areas or they will not benefit you in any way if the dusts are applied to moist areas. Dusts should be used as the label specifies and applied lightly as if applied heavily they will act as a deterrent.

Be sure if using dusts to control the American Roach your placement is in areas where children and pets are not subject to come in contact with them. Baits are also a tool that can be used for control of the pest.

Sticky boards can be used for IPM (integrated pest Management) to find the heavy traffic areas where treatment is needed the most. I have found that wettable powders work very well for the American Roach control.

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