El Centro, CA Homeowners' Total American Cockroach Prevention Guide

November 15, 2021 - Cockroaches

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In El Centro, there are two common cockroach species, the American cockroach and German cockroach. Because German cockroaches are the most common cockroach species, American cockroaches are often overshadowed. Although their name suggests that this species is native to America, it isn't the case. These pests were initially from Africa and the Middle East.

What Are American Cockroaches?

American cockroaches are the largest property invading species, growing to about 3 inches in length. They are a reddish-brown to dark brown color with a yellow band marking around their head. Both males and females have wings and can fly short distances, although frequently, to crawl. However, American cockroaches are fast runners, which you might experience if you encounter them on your property.

In some regions of the county, American cockroaches are also known as water bugs or palmetto bugs. No matter what you call them, American cockroaches are not welcome on any property. Read below to learn more about why this pest is dangerous, how to prevent them, and how to get rid of an infestation.

Why Are American Cockroaches Bad News?

It's well-known that cockroaches in your home or business is bad news, but why are American cockroaches particularly bad?

While American cockroaches can bite, they rarely do, and a bite from one doesn't pose any immediate threat. The reason American cockroaches are dangerous is that they spread bacteria and contaminate food. Like other species, American cockroaches are known for inhabiting dumpsters, drains, and sewers. They pick up the bacteria that can help male people and animals sick, including salmonella, E. Coli, parasites, and more.

American cockroaches in your home or business can lead to asthma and food poisoning, which is why you should not hesitate to implement preventative measures on your El Centro property.

What Are Prevention Tips For American Cockroaches?

When it comes to preventing American cockroaches, you should focus on removing the factors that attract them, including access to food and moisture. Try the following tips to keep your El Centro home protected against American cockroaches:

  • Immediately clean up crumbs and spills from floors and surfaces in your home.

  • Deep clean your kitchen, inside cupboards, and underneath heavy appliances.

  • Keep all open food, including pet food, in air-tight containers.

  • Take out garbage regularly and use outdoor bins that have a tight-fitting lid.

  • Keep garbage cans and compost pins away from your home if possible.

  • Repair any leaking pipes and faucets in your home.

  • Reduce moisture by using dehumidifiers and ensuring your home has proper ventilation.

  • Seal any potential entry points around the exterior of your home include it cracks in the foundation.

While these prevention tips are important to utilize throughout your property, they may not be 100% effective in keeping this pest away. This is the unfortunate truth of pests, especially those like cockroaches that are common home invaders.

How Can I Get Rid Of American Cockroaches?

You might be tempted to try and take care of a cockroach infestation on your own you will only waste time and money. This is because cockroaches are notoriously difficult to get rid of, plus you can put your health at risk if you misuse potentially toxic sprays.

If you live in the El Centro area, you should contact the professionals at Imperial County Pest Control At the first sign of American cockroaches. We offer monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly home pest control and commercial pest control services to keep your home pest-free, depending on your needs and budget. So don't wait, call us at Imperial County Pest Control today to find out more about how we can help you.

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