American Cockroach, Here in Columbus Georgia

This is Roger Tinker, owner and general manager of All Star Pest Control located in Columbus, Georgia. My subject today is the American cockroach. And what’s kind of funny is that even though we know him as an American cockroach or the Palmetto bug, or as some folks call the big war bug, they actually originated in Africa and have spread throughout the world on boats and ships and so forth. They are in can grow up to two inches long, they’re typically a reddish brown in color, with a yellow figure eight pattern on their back. There are numerous scavengers and words they feed on organic matter, decaying food, dead insects, and even feces. At this point, I want to tell you that there are a lot of different things that affect the American cockroach, but over the years, I have found that water has a lot to do with them. And what I mean by that if it’s dry, they will work their way inside to find water. If it’s been raining a lot and wet, they’ll come inside to get away from the water. And again, the funny thing about that is is they prefer damp places over dry places. They reproduce but not near as fast as some big some of the roaches. A capsule for them will hold about 16 eggs.

They’ll hatch in 24 to 36 hours, but it takes anywhere from six to 12 months for the American Roach to be mature. They are have some health risks. They can spread bacteria and viruses and Salmonella and E coli and trigger allergic reactions and people and quite knows hopefully their droppings are right offensive. So what do we do to try to help get rid of the American cockroach? As with any insect The first thing we talk about is sanitation. Keeping the home clean, keeping the debris off the floors. Then we’ll talk about sealing cracks and crevices around the house. Some people use sticky boards to catch the roaches. But that’s just kind of a patch. Because if you don’t eliminate this source, then you’re just gonna continue to put out sticky boards. Again, stolen food properly taken trash out regular fix and leaky pipes. Making sure the ventilation under the house is correct. Are the things that you can do for long term control of the American cockroach. This is Roger Tinker signing Oh, and if I can ever be of any assistance please feel free to contact

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