Pest Facts: American Cockroaches
American Cockroaches (Periplaneta americana-L.)
|Color:||Reddish brown, with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head|
American Cockroaches can be found in All 50 States
American cockroaches are the largest house-infesting roaches. Ironically, they are not native to the United States. Hundreds of years of shipping have brought them here in large numbers.
American cockroaches prefer decaying matter as food but will eat almost anything.
American cockroaches cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. They prefer a moist location but can survive in dry places if there is an available water source. They are slow developers and are not often found in large numbers in houses. Look for them in food preparation and storage areas, sewers, and basements.
American cockroaches pick up hundreds of germs as they travel and can spread parasites, pathogens, and bacteria. Some people are reported to have reactions to cockroach allergens.
Seal possible entry points in homes and keep food areas clean. Do not let refuse remain in or around buildings. Regular monitoring for these pests is advised. They are notoriously hard to kill and a professional pest control agency can help rid you of these pests.