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AMERICAN COCKROACH

AMERICAN COCKROACH

Periplaneta americana

Color: dark red/brown with light edges
Size: adults can be 1 ½ to 2 inches
Notes: have fully developed wings but rarely fly. Often referred to as "water bugs"

What do American cockroaches Look Like?
American cockroaches, also called “water bugs” in the southern United States, are reddish brown with a light tan (almost yellow) figure 8 on the back of its head. Adult American cockroaches can reach about 1 ¼ to 2 1/8 inch in length. They have 6 spiny legs and 2 sweeping antennae. Both male and female American cockroaches have wings and are able to fly short distances.

Are American Cockroaches Dangerous?
American cockroaches can bite but rarely do. Like other species of cockroaches, the American cockroach can carry many common diseases. American cockroaches are known more for being a nuisance than a pest that is dangerous to humans. Infestations of American cockroaches are uncommon. American cockroaches can be controlled through routine pest control service.

American Cockroach Habitats
American cockroaches are primarily an outdoor insect. They are commonly found inside homes, storage buildings, and other structures. In the southern United States, American cockroaches can easily be found under mulch beds, leaf piles, sewer pipes, and other shady, humid places. When American cockroaches enter a home, they will typically make their way to the kitchen and/or bathroom where there is food and water. Because of their size, they are easily seen scurrying from dark places. Many times American cockroach droppings are mistaken for mouse droppings. If you find droppings, it is important to have them identified by a professional who can direct you to the proper treatment.

How Do I Get Rid of American Cockroaches?
American cockroach infestations are not common but can be difficult for the average person to get rid of on their own. Prevention is the key to avoiding an American cockroach problem. Rochester Pest Pro’s professional pest control technicians have been trained to identify and eliminate American cockroaches as well as other common household pests through our year-round preventive maintenance program.

How Can I Prevent American Cockroach Problems at My Home or Business?
Start with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like Rochester Pest Pro, then follow these tips to help keep American cockroaches out of your home or business:


  • Clean regularly and do not leave crumbs or spills.
  • Keep dishes washed and put away to eliminate food and water sources.
  • Do not leave food out on counters and put away pet food at night in a sealed container.
  • Seal up cracks in your foundation or basement and use caulking around windows and doors.
  • Reduce humidity by using a dehumidifier or air-conditioner where needed.
  • Remove trash from your home regularly and place it in an outdoor trash can with a tight lid.
  • Keep trash containers, firewood, and compost piles at least 20 feet from the exterior of your home.
  • Inspect used furniture and appliances closely inside and out before bringing into your home or business.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts of debris.
  • Remove brush and leaf piles from near the structure.
  • Keep mulch beds at least 18 inches from structure.


If you suspect an American cockroach problem, contact Rochester Pest Pro for a quote.