You do a lot to keep your New Jersey home free of cockroaches. You clean the inside regularly, make regular repairs to block any entry points, and maintain your landscape, all to prevent roaches from getting inside your house. But if you do see a cockroach in your home, it's helpful to know which species it is before you call a pest control specialist.

Below, you'll find information about American cockroaches so you can identify these pests.

What American Cockroaches Look Like

Several species of cockroach exist, and each looks different from the others. American cockroaches are mahogany or reddish-brown in color, with a yellow band behind the head. Adults can grow up to three inches in length and have wings. They have six legs and two antennae, and they look ovular in shape.

These cockroaches live in every state in the US, and you'll typically find them in damper areas of the home, such as:

  • Pipes
  • Drains
  • Basements
  • Sewers
  • Bathrooms
  • Sinks

American cockroaches also prefer living in warmer temperatures, typically in areas that can reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit during warmer seasons.

Why You Should Schedule American Cockroach Extermination

In some cases, if you are exposed to American cockroaches, including their shed skins, secretions, droppings, or dead bodies, you could become ill. Cockroaches can cause asthma and spread more than 30 types of bacteria, seven kinds of pathogens, six species of parasitic worms, and countless other germs.

Additionally, cockroaches will breed in and infest your home, further increasing your risk for exposure and developing illnesses.

To protect yourself and your family, contact an experienced pest control specialist to remove these insects from your home.

Book Cockroach Pest Control Today

If you think you have American cockroaches in your home and need to schedule cockroach control, call Ace Walco Termite & Pest Control at 800-831-4223. Whether you live in Linden, NJ or elsewhere in the area, we'll gladly clear your home of pests. 

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