American Cockroach

Order: Blattodea

Scientific Name: Periplaneta americana

Appearance: Oval shaped flattened body that is light to dark brown in color with six legs and a pair of antennae

Size: 1.4 – 1.6 in. 

What is an American Cockroach?

American cockroaches are bigger in size than their look a likes the German cockroach. Typically 1 – 2 inches in length the American cockroach is a light brown color with a yellowish tint to its head resembling a halo. American cockroaches have wings and although uncommon, the are known to fly at times. These cockroaches move suddenly and quickly when disrupted and are most commonly seen at night as they prefer the dark. 

Female cockroaches will lay their eggs in dark areas that provide shelter and a nearby food source. After hatching, American cockroaches can live for over two years and are able to survive without nourishment for lengthy periods of time.


Why do I have American Cockroaches?

American cockroaches are one of the most common pests to find inside a home. They are attracted to dark and moist areas that provide a nearby food source. These cockroaches will commonly feed on crumbs and garbage, but they are also known to like starchy materials such as glue, and book bindings.

American cockroaches are often found in areas that are not regularly cleaned. Pipe drains, garbage disposals and bags, and cupboards are all highly attractive to cockroaches as they are typically dark and contain food sources.

How do I get rid of American Cockroaches?

Effectively controlling American cockroaches is only possible when sanitary measures are taken. Remember to take out trash regularly, clean up crumbs after eating, and if needed seal pipes that are known to leak or sweat.

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