American Cockroach

American Cockroach Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Periplaneta americana
How To Identify an American Cockroach

The American cockroach is is reddish brown in color with a lighter border around the head. They can be up to 2 inches in length.

An immature American cockroach is smaller than the adults, coloration is variable and they have no wings. 

Where Do They Come From

American cockroaches can live outdoors and indoors.  They move indoors during hot weather and flooding and can usually be found in basements or on the first floor. They can be found in warm, moist areas such as under sinks, in bathtubs, sewer drains and in furnace and boiler rooms. 

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Where Do They Live

You can find American cockroaches under the sink, behind kitchen cabinets, under countertops, behind the fridge, or near drains and pipes. American cockroaches can be found in southern Utah but are generally not found in Northern Utah.


Periplaneta americana

Diet :

Decaying vegetation, insect remains and sweets

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Tips & Tricks

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How To Keep Cockroaches Away

Oriental cockroaches are typically coming from the outside or up from drains. To prevent these cockroaches make sure that buildings are well sealed and your are addressing the exterior as well as the interior.

  • Make sure doors have good sweeps and do not allow cockroach entry.
  • Make sure utility lines are well sealed.
  • Prevent cockroaches from entering through drains.
  • Improve sanitation by deep cleaning infested areas.
  • Utilize cockroach traps to locate harborage locations and infestation levels
  • Vacuum (with a HEPA filter) existing roaches and egg cases.
  • Dispose of trash regularly to remove food and shelter sources. 
  • Utilize cockroach baits on the exterior of the building.
  • Use cockroach baits on the interior.
  • Treat around window and doors.
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Why Are They Significant

  • May carry diseases
  • Can cause allergic reactions or asthma symptoms
  • Can become a nuisance

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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our dedicated, 3-step approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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