Like other cockroaches the American roach Periplaneta americana enjoys warmth and moisture, under and around sinks being a favourite hiding place. These cockroaches grow to around an inch and a half in length.
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Like all other cockraoches these guys carry diseases including Salmonella, they will also damage food stuffs. Treatment is advised as soon as an infestation is discovered
Firstly we must discover the scale of the infestation so as to decide on the best course of action.
To determine how bad an infestation is or if there is one, a thorough survey should be undertaken, searching in cupboards, behind cookers, fridges, under sinks etc. Sticky board insect-monitor traps with pheromone attractants can be a good way to identify numbers and location of harbourages. Entering a room early in the morning (2am’ish )and quickly turning on the lights will often find some scurrying around (worth noting which way they run). Another more professional indicator is to use a flushing agent into crevices and holes etc, This will drive them out and locate their preferred harbourages.
There are two main ways of dealing with cockroaches - spray treatments (including ULV) and baiting them.
Spray treatments use residual insecticides sprayed onto floor/wall junctions, under and around likely harbourages and anywhere the roaches are likely to come into contact with them. In addition to a spray treatment, insecticidal dust can be blown behind cupboards, skirting boards, under work surfaces, into wall voids, behind sockets etc. Insect lacquers also provide a good means of control by forming long lasting barriers around affected areas
Baiting is a more cost effective measure and uses less insecticide around the home or business. Highly palatable baits containing insecticide are placed at many different locations (only tiny amounts are used) focusing on harbourages and affected areas. The baits act quickly, killing any cockroach which feeds upon them. The ingenious part of this treatment is that specially formulated roach baits then make the deceased roach a toxic bait for its cannibalistic friends, with the same bait effectively being consumed by many different cockroaches
We use a micro encapsulated bait which gives the roach enough time to return to its harbourage before succumbing to the active ingredient. This has the effect of essentially placing a bait (the dead roach) exactly where the other roaches are hiding. This creates a domino effect and is a highly effective treatment for these tough to beat creatures.
Both sexes have wings, the males wings extend down beyond the abdomen, whereas the female's ends flush with the abdomen.
Females carry their oothecae (egg capsule) for less than a day normally and will sometimes ‘glue’ it close to a food source. Females will produce one oothecae per week and lay up to a staggering 90 in a life time, each oothecae contains between 14 and 16 young who can reach maturity in five months providing conditions are good.
Cockroaches are vectors for some wonderful diseases including; Salmonella, Gastro-enteritis, Amoebic dysentry, Tuberculosis, Tape worm and Hookworms.
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