American Cockroach

(Periplaneta americana L.)

Introduction: The adult American cockroach is reddish brown with a pale brown or yellow band around the edge of the pronotum. They are the largest of the house-invading cockroaches and are on average 1 1/2” long.

Habits: American cockroaches are opportunistic feeders and will feed on a variety of foods. They prefer sweets and decaying organic matter, but they have also been observed eating paper, boots, hair, bread, fruit, book bindings, fish, peanuts, old rice, the inside of animal hides, cloth and dead insects. The American cockroach inhabits numerous environments and has been found in caves, mines, privies, latrines, cesspools, sewers, sewage treatment plants, and dumps. Their presence in these habitats is of epidemiological significance because at least 22 species of pathogenic human bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoans, as well as five species of helminthic worms, have been isolated from American cockroaches collected from the field.

Control: 1) Sanitation – Like all animals, roaches need food and water, so by reducing access to these conditions, the populations will become stressed and perish.

2) Harborage alteration – Outdoor clutter, such as leaf litter and wood piles, are excellent harborage for roaches and often provide high areas of humidity and moisture.

3) Perimeter Treatment – A professional perimeter treatment around the home is effective in reducing American cockroach populations.

A professional treatment is the best way to control cockroaches in a given area. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatments for the control of cockroaches and our pest management professionals are thoroughly trained to address all your cockroach problems.

About Cockroaches

  • Poor housekeeping is just one of many reasons for a cockroach infestation.
  • They breed quickly, so they’re hard to get rid of without professional help.