Due to the extended Summer and excessive dry weather from the drought in Atlanta, many North Georgia residents are experiencing infestations of Palmetto Bugs aka American Cockroaches. The Palmetto Bug earned its nickname because it was often found hiding under the shaded leaves of palm trees. Palmetto Bugs thrive in a damp, humid habitat, which is why they are fleeing from the dry, cold conditions outside and into your home. An adult American cockroach is typically large, winged and reddish brown in color with a yellow band behind their head.
This species of cockroach tends to be attracted to light and can often be found flying toward any sort of light source. You will most likely notice these insects at night, as this is when they search for food. Palmetto Bugs are omnivores and eat both plants and meat. Like most cockroaches, they will eat almost anything whether it’s food scraps in the garbage, dirty clothes, hair, paper or even glue. They especially enjoy eating sweet and starchy foods. These resilient insects can live up to 3 months without food and 1 month without water.
American Cockroaches usually do not enter your house because they are looking for food, but instead they enter your home in search of warm air and water. Since these bugs thrive in wet living places, it is in your best interest to try to make your home as dry as possible. American Cockroaches love warm, tropical weather. Inside your home they look for the darkest, dampest spot. You would most likely find them in kitchens, in crawlspaces, under sinks or in tub drains.
To avoid a roach infestation in your home, check out the following tips…
- Keep your home tidy: The number one way to prevent a cockroach infestation is to keep your home clean. Wipe down any surface where food is prepared, don’t leave out dirty dishes, vacuum and sweep your floors regularly, and don’t hoard clutter in your home.
- Fix drips and leaks ASAP: Water leaks and sweating pipes create an ideal home for Palmetto Bugs. If you have a leak, dry everything what can be dried with paper towels, and keep those wet towels in a sealed plastic bag.
- Eliminate all entryways: Close off any possible way that roaches can enter your home. Seal any cracks and gaps in floors, walls, cabinets, pipes and electrical cables. Make sure that all the windows and doors fit tightly with their frames in size and shape with no cracks. Also, try not to leave the door open during cold seasons.
- Don’t make your yard hospitable: These pests really love foliage and they will hide under leaf debris, so make sure to clean up fallen leaves around your home. Keep exterior shrubs and trees cut back a minimum of 18″ from your house. (Pine straw is NOT a good choice for up against a home structure.Stone, cedar mulch, or recycled tire mulch are much better choices.) Additionally, keep your gutters cleaned with the water draining away from your home.
These tips should help prevent a Palmetto Bug infestation in your home, but if you do have unwelcome critters in your residence be sure to contact a pest control professional to remove them. If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact Any Pest, Inc to inspect, identify, and treat the problem. Contact Any Pest, Inc. today for a free estimate!