American cockroaches are about 1.5 inches long and they fly clumsily which makes them quite unnerving. The adults are reddish-brown or mahogany in color and have a yellow band that outlines the area behind their heads. American cockroaches spend most of their time outdoors and prefer warm, damp areas like flowerbeds and under mulch. They come into our homes when they search for food and water. Once they are inside, they will eat spilled food, table scraps, crumbs and whatever else they can find. If pet food is left out overnight they will eat that too.

Signs of an American Cockroach Infestation

1. Cockroach Fecal Droppings. This is the biggest indication you have cockroaches. These droppings resemble flakes of pepper or coffee grounds. Higher amounts of fecal matter mean a larger infestation with higher traffic areas having more fecal matter.
2. Roach Egg Casings. The casings that cockroaches produce contain multiple eggs. The unhatched eggs or casing indicate that roaches are around. They are long, roundish-shaped and brownish in color.
3. Musty Odor. Large numbers of cockroaches will emit a distinctive smell. If you smell them you’ve already got a big problem as a few roaches will give off little odor. The smell is described as oily and musty and can linger in the air and even affect the taste of food!
4. Dead Roaches. If you find dead roaches, then you can there are others close by thriving and infesting your home. You can find roach under sinks, in the cabinets, under your stove, and around the fridge.
5. Cockroach Sightings During the Day. It’s uncommon to see cockroaches during the day unless you are experiencing a bug infestation. They are nocturnal and therefore more active at night. They only come out to look for food and water when you are asleep. You may also see them during the day if they get pushed out of their nests as the numbers increase.

Cockroach Prevention

Preventing cockroaches is much easier than getting rid of them and sanitation is the best way to prevent them. Even the cleanest of homes can get infested if sanitation steps get sloppy. This leaves roaches the resources they need to survive so keeping the kitchen free of food for them is very important. You can always try adhesive-based traps, roach baits or sprays. Cockroaches can be killed but will always come back if you don’t take care of the root cause: the nest itself. Which is why you need the help of professionals.

Cockroach Infestation Control

You need to start treatment as soon as you notice the fecal matter. Don’t wait for the other signs as it may be too late. Professionals will even have a difficult time killing all of them and the visit will be more expensive. Contact the professionals at Rentokil to get rid of American cockroaches and other pests!

Signs of a Flying American Cockroach Infestation in Your Ogden, UT House or Apartment; Roach Prevention & Control in Salt Lake County and Northern Utah

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