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The American cockroach has become the most abundant species of common cockroach in the US. It was first introduced via African ships in the early 1600s, and because of this, they prefer a warm and humid climate. Despite not being aquatic, some people refer to this roach as the ‘water bug.’ Due to its appearance, in Southern states, people commonly misidentify it as the Palmetto bug. Despite the name, the American cockroach is not native to North America. Some evidence suggests that American cockroaches came over via ships from Africa in the early 1600s. Unfortunately for homeowners, the American cockroach is one of the most resilient pests in the world.
These roaches have red/brown bodies with a yellow figure 8 pattern on the back of their heads. They have six legs, two antennae, and adults may range between 1 1/4” to 2 1/8”, which is quite large! American cockroaches are able to bite, although instances of these bites are few and far between. If a bite does occur, it should not be problematic unless an infection occurs.
Identifying an Infestation
Due to their size and general uncleanliness, homeowners will become aware of an infestation. Apart from having a pheromone that some describe as having a “musty” smell (similar to that of the German cockroach), you will see the fast-moving insects fleeing from direct light. As a result, you can find the droppings of the American cockroach in dimly-lit areas. These droppings can be mistaken for mouse droppings, so it’s important to contact a licensed pest control professional for proper identification. Another sign of an infestation will be the presence of egg capsules. Their capsules are dark in color and are typically glued to a surface near food sources. American Roaches will lay these egg capsules in basements, laundry rooms, and kitchens, behind appliances, or underneath cabinets.
If you are experiencing issues with American cockroaches in your home, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We specialize in the eradication of these pests and are eager to solve your problem!