American cockroaches are filthy pests and can spread disease, contaminate food, cause allergies, and even asthma. They are proven to be suspected carriers of the organisms causing diarrhea, leprosy, plaque, and viral diseases. Since they are so harmful to our health, it’s important to take care of any American cockroaches in your home at the first sign.

While you can prevent an American cockroach infestation by removing all food and unnecessary water sources and sealing all cracks and crevices, if you already have an infestation, it’s important to have a pest control expert help you take care of the issue. Find out how to identify an American cockroach infestation and see how Healthy Home and Pest Control in Atlanta can help.

How to Identify an American Cockroach Infestation

American cockroaches will enter your home to find water, food, or shelter. They can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping damaged or enter your home through another small crack or opening. Basement windows and garages are common points of entry. They’ll quickly inundate areas in your home like bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and basements, seeking food and a damp environment.

If you suspect you have an American cockroach infestation, there are some signs you can look for. American cockroaches leave their droppings in the dark areas where they hide, so you might want to look for droppings in your basement or in your kitchen. Many homeowners will mistake American cockroach droppings for mouse droppings. The biggest differentiator between mouse droppings and American cockroach droppings is that they have ridges on the sides and are blunt on the ends.

Another tell-tale sign of American cockroaches in your home is egg capsules. An American cockroach egg case is about 38 mm long and red or blackish brown. You may spot egg capsules behind stored items in garages and sheds.

Lastly, another sign of American cockroaches is the odor they leave behind. They may give off a musty smell, especially when in groups.

Pest Control for American Cockroaches

You may not realize it, but treatment for cockroaches in general are very specific to the type of cockroach that has invaded your home.

At Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control, we’ll identify and confirm the cockroach species, then take action to stop the infestation by treating the home’s exterior with insecticide treatments. We’ll also apply an insecticide to basements, attics, and other areas of the home to take care of the problem. We’ll seal up entryways and use bait that appears to be food to kill off the existing roaches.

Contact the Cockroach Control Experts at Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control

If you suspect an infestation of American cockroaches in your Atlanta home, turn to the experts at Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control. We’re the only professionals near Marietta and Kennesaw that can help you get rid of roaches for good. Call Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control today to fix your infestation problem. Call us at (770) 509-9040 or fill out our online contact form today.