Scientific Name : Periplaneta americana

Length : Adults may range between 1 1/4” to 2 1/8” (32-54 mm) in length

Colour : American cockroaches are typically reddish brown with a yellowish figure 8 pattern

Sounds : Chirping Noise

Digestive Tract : Yes

What is an American Cockroach?

The American cockroach is the largest of the American house-infested roaches and a major pest. It is often commonly referred to as the water bug, the canary of Bombay or the palmetto bug. The American cockroach, given its name, is not originally from North America. Some evidence suggests American cockroaches were introduced in the early 1600s by ships from Africa.


Do Bite American Cockroaches?

American cockroaches are capable of attack, but rarely do. When a bite happens, unless it gets infected it will not be troublesome.

Signs of an Infestation

Below are four tell-tale symptoms of cockroach infestation in America. Second, homeowners can see the very fast-moving insects usually fleeing to dark areas themselves. Third, American cockroaches in the dark places where they are hidden leave behind droppings. Such small dropouts are blunt at the ends and sides have ridges. They are often mistaken for mouse droppings, so contacting a licensed pest control professional for proper identification is crucial. Another indicator of an American cockroach infestation is the appearance of some 8 mm long, dark-coloured egg capsules. Egg capsules are often stuck to a near-food surface and can be found in basements, laundry rooms and kitchens, as well as in appliances or cabinets below. Finally, American cockroach can produce a pheromone that is identified by some as having a "musty" smell. Persons with sensitive noses may detect this scent around the building.


American cockroaches are dirty plagues and their appearance at home can pose a significant threat to safety. There have been records of cockroaches spreading at least 33 forms of bacteria including E. Coli and Salmonella, as well as six parasitic worm species and at least seven other human pathogens. When they crawl through rotting matter or waste, they pick up germs on the spines of their legs and body and then pass the germs to food or cooking surfaces. American cockroaches ' saliva, urine, and fecal droppings contain allergen proteins known to cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks. As such, cockroaches are a common cause of allergy and asthma symptoms year-round, especially in children.

How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches

Cockroaches are perhaps the world's most aggressive pests. We show unusual strategies of survival including ability to survive without their head for a week. Which makes it a difficult job for homeowners to do themselves to get rid of American cockroaches.

However, people should take action to reduce American cockroach problems by removing obstacles and by cleanliness. The removal of barriers includes stopping cockroaches from accessing the home through minor holes in walls, openings close to electrical sockets and switching plates, and drains. For close such holes, using a silicone-based caulk.

It would also make having a safe and sanitary home less appealing to American cockroaches. Homeowners should keep their cabinets, sinks, tables and floors free from crumbs and clutter. Don't pile up dishes in the sink, or marinate spills on the table. Often, keeping food in airtight containers and avoiding leaving pet food out in the open is good practice. Any other ways to avoid American cockroaches include vacuuming at least once a week to remove food debris, ventilating crawl spaces to avoid moisture from building up, and regularly running water in spare bathrooms to keep filled with u-traps.