How to Identify American Cockroaches


American Cockroaches are the largest of the house-invading cockroaches. They are 1.5” long with fully developed reddish-brown wings and yellow markings on the head area.


Due to their size, these cockroaches are easily visible when exposed. They are commonly found in sewers and basements, particularly around pipes. Their droppings are found near sites of infestation.


American Cockroaches feed on a variety of foods, but decaying organic matter is preferred. They also feed on items that contain starches and can damage books, paper goods, and clothing. They are unsightly and their presence creates a nuisance. Their droppings are often mistaken for those of a mouse, and these can contaminate stored products.


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

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

3) Perimeter Treatment – 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 treatment for the control of cockroaches. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your cockroach problems.

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About Cockroaches

  • There are about a half dozen species of cockroaches, but they all have six legs and two antennae.
  • 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.