American Cockroach

American Cockroach

American Cockroach

Attribution: Eran Finkl, [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons



Up to 2 inches long.


Reddish brown.


Like all cockroaches, it is omnivorous and will eat virtually anything people will and many things we won't.


This cockroach thrives in warm, damp environments, such as sewers, steam tunnels, basements, crawl spaces, and boiler rooms. In southern states, it will also be found living and breeding outdoors.

Tips for Control

The key to control is to find and treat these sources directly. In many cases, the services of a professional company, such as Terminix, are required to achieve long-term relief. In southern states where this cockroach lives outdoors, successful control involves treating the attic, crawl space, and exterior cracks in the home and finding and treating likely cockroach harborages over the entire property.

Family Name: 
Periplaneta americana