The American cockroach, Periplaneta americana. (cc) Photo by Gary Alpert
American cockroaches are some of the nastiest bugs found in the United States. Every state has some area that is infested with these diseases carrying bugs, including California. Those who have the misfortune of dealing with roaches are left with more questions than answers.
What do American cockroaches look like? What do they eat? Why are they attracted to my home? How can I get rid of them and prevent them from returning?
Here are a few of the basics regarding the American cockroach:
What does the American roach look like and what does it eat?
American cockroaches are reddish brown in color and will have yellow markings on their sides. Both sexes of the American roach will have wings, but don’t fly very far. They can be anywhere from ½ an inch to 3 inches long… Making them one of the largest cockroaches that commonly invade US homes.
American cockroaches will eat just about anything they can; cosmetics, beer, potted plants, wallpaper, fermenting fruit and a variety of materials are all some of their favorite foods.
What do American cockroaches do all day and night?
The American roaches are more frequently found living outside, but can sometimes be found inside homes. When inside, the American cockroach will be found wherever it can find food. Dark basements, bathrooms, and kitchens provide the perfect cover. They can survive very well in these areas.
A female American roach can lay up to 10 egg capsules, and can hold up to 15 eggs per capsule. What this means is that a few roaches infesting your home can quickly turn into a severe problem. American cockroaches multiply fast!