american cockroach

American Cockroach

  • Latin Name: Periplaneta americana
  • Length: 2.8 – 4.3cm
  • Color: reddish-brown

How to get rid of American Cockroach?

To get a pest problem under control, inspection is the first and foremost step.

The American cockroach, also known as the Palmetto Bug or a Waterbug, particularly in the southern United States, is the largest species of common cockroach, and often considered a pest. It is native to the Southern United States, and common in tropical climates. Human activity has extended the insect’s range of habitation. Specimens have been observed in eastern North American cities as far north as New York City, Toronto, and Montreal, though its intolerance to cold restricts it to human habitations. Global shipping has transplanted the insects to world ports including Cape Town and Durban, South Africa.

American cockroaches generally live in moist areas but can survive in dry areas if they have access to water. They prefer warm temperatures around 29 °C (84 °F) and do not tolerate cold temperatures. In residential areas, these cockroaches live in basements and sewers and may move outdoors into yards during warm weather. These cockroaches are common in basements, crawl spaces, cracks, and crevices of porches, foundations, and walkways adjacent to buildings. They feed on a wide variety of plant and animal material.

American Cockroach Pest Control

During certain times of the year, these cockroaches may move inside a house from outside

Due to their large size and slow development, large infestations of these insects are not common within houses. However, in cold weather these cockroaches may move indoors, seeking warmer temperatures and food. Cockroaches may enter houses via sewer connections, under doors, around plumbing, air ducts, or other openings in the foundation. Cockroach populations may be controlled through the use of insecticides, removing the food supply, or by physically excluding them from unwanted areas.


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