Here in New Bern, North Carolina, we often refer to the American cockroach as a Water Bug. They are also called Palmetto bugs.
Color: Reddish brown with a pale brown figure eight band on the back of their heads.
Characteristics: American roaches are oval shaped. Adults are fully winged.
Size: Adult roaches are approximately 1 1/2 inches long.
Potentially Dangerous: Yes – The American cockroach is a filthy insect, and their presence in the home or business can pose a severe health risk. American roaches have been reported to carry and spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella, as well as six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens.
They pick up germs on the spines of their legs and body as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage, and then transfer the germs onto food or cooking surfaces.
Water bugs are considered the largest of the house infesting pests in craven County, North Carolina. American Roaches are active in and around homes and business when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but are known to survive at lower temperatures when the conditions in their environment are right.
They prefer warm and humid spaces such as crawlspaces and attic. They enter homes and business mainly around plumbing & electrical lines.
They also can be found in home storage rooms, garages, sheds, food processing and food storage areas, warehouses, commercial buildings like schools, restaurants, markets, hospitals, offices, and food processing plants.
The American Cockroach “Water Bugs” can be difficult to control and prevent, but with obtaining quarterly maintenance service with D & D Pest Control Co. – We can help limit their appearance / occurrence.
American Cockroach Tips:
Here are some tips you can do to help prevent these dangerous and disease spreading pests from entering your home:
- Reduce moisture in and under your home.
- Clean out gutters regularly.
- Keep Landscaping regularly trimmed.
- Making sure to seal the areas around pipes that are entering into your home.
- Make sure weather stripping around doors are installed.
- Clean chimney’s and install chimney caps preventing debris from accumulating in chimney.
- Make sure windows are closed tight.