American Cockroach

Latin Name:Periplaneta americana
Length:4 cm
Sounds:Chirping Noise

Behavior & Diet

American cockroaches normally live outdoors. They prefer warm, damp areas like flowerbeds and hide under mulch. In some part of the US they are called “palmetto bugs” because they live on trees. Since American city sewer systems have environments they prefer, they are very common to cities.

Both male and female American cockroaches can fly. The wings develop when the roaches become adults.

They are constantly searching for food and water and enter homes for this purpose. Common entryways include under doors when weather stripping is damaged, windows, garages and other unsealed cracks and crevasses.

In the home they are most commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements. The American cockroach forages under appliances, in drains, kitchen cabinets and the floor where they eat crumbs and other scrapes of food they find.  They will also eat pet food that is left out.

Identifying an American Cockroach Infestation

The most obvious is when active cockroaches are seen scurrying into crevasses after being startled. The American roaches can run very fast and may even fly.


American cockroaches leave their droppings in the dark areas where they hide. Homeowners may find these droppings in basements, pantries and behind appliances.

American cockroach droppings are small. Many times they are mistaken for mouse droppings. Mouse droppings have pointed ends and usually have hairs on them while roach droppings have ridges on the sides and blunt ends.

Egg Capsules

The American cockroach egg cases are about 38 mm long and a dark blackish-brown or reddish color. THey are commonly found in dark hiden areas such as behind appliances, under cabinets, and behind storage items in garages and shed.


Cockroaches may produces a musty smell. This odor is caused by a chemical called aggregation pheromone. This chemical causes roaches to stay together in groups. As the roach population increases, people with sensitive noses begin to notice this musty smell.

How do you get American Cockroaches?

American cockroaches enter home to find water or food. They can easily pass under doors if the weather stripping is damaged. Basement windows and garages are also common entryways. When American cockroaches enter homes, they often go to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements.

How Serious is an American Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches are filthy pests. They spread disease, contaminate our food and cause allergies and even asthma. Cockroaches can pick up germs as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage. Those germs are transferred to any surface they crawl on. This is especially dangerous since the cockroach can readily be seen in kitchen where they can spread filth onto food surfaces. Cockroaches are proven carriers of the organisms and bacteria causing diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever and viral diseases such as poliomyelitis.

Here are a few things you can do to reduce the cockroach population.

  • Remove all food.
  • Remove water sources.
  • Seal all cracks and crevices.
  • Vacuum all carpets and upholstery.
  • Dispose of shelters sites that contain cardboard and paper.

American Cockroach
PEST CONTROLCockroaches are the most common insects found in homes and offices.

If you find any cockroaches or other pests in your home or office, we will find the source and fix the problem.

We also provide maintenance plans, come to you periodically, monitor your home or office and prevent cockroach infestations from returning.

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