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American Cockroach

American Cockroach



Color Reddish brown, with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head.
Legs 6
Shape Oval
Size 2"
Antennae Yes
Region Found throughout U.S.


The American Cockroach is the largest of the house-infesting cockroach.




American cockroaches are found in food processing areas and food storage areas, as well as other types of buildings. They are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but they can survive lower temperatures with the right conditions.




American Cockroaches are often found in sewers and basements, particularly around pipes and drains.




Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Recent medical studies have shown that cockroach allergens cause lots of allergic reactions. They were even shown to cause asthma in children. These allergens build up in deposits of droppings, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies of roaches.




Good sanitation and habitat reduction, along with vacuuming, surveillance, a baiting program and some sealing of cracks can usually quickly reduce or eliminate a cockroach population.


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