American Cockroach Removal Burnaby

The American cockroach is a common pest found in many parts of the world. They are large in size, often reaching up to 2 inches in length, and are reddish-brown in color. Here’s what you need to know about American cockroaches and how to deal with them.

Physical Description: American cockroaches are large and reddish-brown in color. They have six legs, two antennae, and are typically around 1.5 inches to 2 inches in length as adults. They have wings but are not great flyers and typically prefer to crawl.

American cockroaches can be a major nuisance in homes and businesses, and can pose health risks to humans. They can trigger allergies and asthma attacks, and are known to carry disease-causing organisms. American cockroaches are also difficult to control due to their resilience and ability to adapt to a wide range of environments.

American cockroaches, should I be concerned?

Potential health concerns
American Cockroaches are known for carrying 33 different types of bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella as well as parasitic worms. They are sometimes a source for food contamination in restaurants and food manufacturing plants. The American Cockroaches saliva, fecal droppings, and urine contain allergen proteins known to cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

What happens if left ignored?
American Cockroaches reproduce at a rapid speed so they will cause what seems like an uncontrollable infestation quickly. Long exposures to cockroaches can cause health issues such as the development of dermatitis, severe itching, and can even develop into serious respiratory conditions. Infestations left untreated can cause year-round allergens for children and adults. 


American Cockroaches like to live in moist areas but can also be found in dry areas if they have a water source nearby. They prefer warmer temperature and do not tolerate the cold. They are commonly found in sewers, basements, behind appliances, and inside food storage areas.

American Cockroaches can bite but rarely do they. They are one of the fastest running insects on earth, covering 50 body lengths per second. Their egg capsules are called an “ootheca” which are dark brown and can hold 16 eggs. Females will drop the ootheca within a day of formation. They can produce a new oothecas every 9-10 days producing anywhere between 10-30 oothecas in a lifespan. 

The females are constantly on search for dark undisturbed areas to safely reproduce. The American Cockroach can hold their breath for 40 minutes while in water which allows them to enter structures through drains and sewer systems.

American Cockroaches are opportunistic eaters, and they like to eat a variety of different materials. Studies have shown that they prefer fermenting materials but will eat anything from crumbs underneath your appliances, to left out pet food, decaying leaves and small insects. 


Key tips for prevention
The best way to keep American cockroaches out of your home to take a preventative measure. Inspecting items such as used furniture and groceries before bringing them into your space, installing screens on drains, and sealing cracks and openings leading into your structure. 

Taking the extra step of sealing items such as pipe chases, cupboards, broken tiles inside your kitchen and bathroom will eliminate harbourage sites. Repair all leaking pipes and air out moist areas frequently. Store wood piles away from your home. 

Caution for self-treatment
American Cockroaches can breed rapidly. Often their dropping is mistaken for mouse dropping and can lead you to treat for mice when what you have are cockroaches; allowing the infestation to get bigger. Many insecticides have repellents in them cause them to disperse and spread throughout the structures.

Hire a pest control professional
An American cockroach infestation poses many health risks. If you are seeing dark little spots running out the corner of your eye, you may have a cockroach infestation. Hiring a professional pest control company that can deal with these unique situations will prevent the infestations from getting worse and provide you with key prevention tips to prevent future infestations.  

Many do it yourself remedies will do little to tackle the mouse population and can lead to recurrent infestations in your space. Depend on a reputable pest control company and get rid of your roach infestation. Call Integral Pest Services for expert advice and guaranteed results.

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