Pleasanton's Complete Guide To American Cockroach Control

February 15, 2021

Americans like to call the biggest, strongest creatures American. We have the American bald eagle, the American grey wolf, the American grizzly bear, all creatures that exemplify our country’s bravado in one way or another. But what makes the American cockroach American? Are they extra strong, or more durable? Maybe it has something to do with their large size and survivability? Regardless, this pest loves to invade and cause trouble inside Pleasanton property. To help you better understand cockroaches, here is a complete guide for you to use.

cockroach crawling in kitchen

Why Are They Called American Cockroaches 

The American cockroach’s name is quite a mystery. You would think this pest got its name from where it is native, but funnily enough, American cockroaches didn’t come to America until the 17th century. We don’t know where this name originates from, so we’ll save you our speculations.

What You Need To Know About The American Cockroach

The American cockroach is the largest species of roach here in North America, but not the most common. That award goes to the German cockroach! With that in mind, the American roach is still fairly common and incredibly problematic.
Along with its larger size, this pest roach is also durable, resistant, and smart. The roach is durable enough to withstand over 900 times their body weight in pressure, resistant in the way it can withstand radiation and most pesticides, and smart enough to know how to move throughout a property without being seen. 

Things That Attract American Cockroaches 

American cockroaches look for places to live that provide them with their three basic needs: food, water, and shelter. Inside homes, these pests find these three necessities beneath large kitchen appliances, wall voids, around leaky piping, inside kitchen pantries, and anywhere there is clutter and trash. 
The most important thing to an American cockroach is that a home is accessible. The more cracks, gaps, and damage there are around the exterior of your home, the more likely they will be to invade.

Preventing American Cockroaches

Preventing American cockroaches is an often long and arduous task. If you are up for the job, here are a few great places to start:

  • Eliminate sources of water build up around your property.
  • Repair leaky piping and fixtures in and around your home.
  • Make sure your gutters are clean and free of damage.
  • Trim bushes and trees back from your home’s foundation.
  • Seal up cracks, gaps, and holes in your home’s exterior foundation using a caulking gun.
  • Repair damage to window/door screens.
  • Replace weatherstripping around your home that is weathered or installed improperly.
  • Make sure all of your exterior doors have door sweeps.
  • Reduce clutter and eliminate debris around your property and inside your home.
  • Thoroughly clean beneath large kitchen appliances and furniture.
  • Pick up messes as they happen around your home.
  • Store leftover foods inside airtight containers.
  • After feeding your pets, pick up and clean out their bowls.

The Simple Solution To American Cockroaches

If you do not have the time or energy to prevent American cockroaches on your own, are just looking for a simpler solution to get and keep these pests out of your home, get the experts at Patriot Pest Management involved. We will implement advanced pest control measures around your home and support this defense with regularly scheduled service visits.
Contact our team today to learn more about our cockroach control plans or schedule your Pleasanton, CA home for an inspection.

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