American Cockroaches

The American cockroach is the largest cockroach pest found in U.S. homes. An adult American cockroach is about 1-1/2 inches long and reddish brown. They feed on wood, paper, and garbage, but they can also eat a variety of other materials of plant or animal origin if they are available.

Identifying the American cockroach

The easiest way to identify an American cockroach is by looking at its coloration. The species is usually light brown or tan in color, with a dark brown or black stripe running down its back. They also have a light brown or tan band on their wings, which are held over their bodies when they fly.

Though they’re sometimes referred to as “waterbugs,” American cockroaches aren’t the same thing as true water bugs—a group of insects that can be found all over the world and, unlike cockroaches, are actually aquatic creatures.

American cockroach Periplaneta americana
American Cockroach (Periplaneta Americana)

What are the differences between the American and German Cockroaches

When you compare the two cockroaches, you will notice some differences. The American cockroach is larger than his German counterpart, reaching up to 2 inches long. His coloration is also darker, with a reddish-brown hue. Both of these features make it easier to tell your German cockroach from your Americans—and easier for you to decide which pest control method works best for your home!

Contact a Professional Exterminator at Killroy Pest Control

If you suspect an American cockroach problem in your home or business, contact Killroy Pest Control. We provide free estimates, inspections, treatments and follow up service.

While they aren’t as common as other roaches, the American cockroach can still be a problem. It’s important to know how to identify them and their droppings so you can call in a professional like those at Killroy Pest Control as soon as you see signs of them. Professionals will be able to give you advice on how to prevent future infestations, too.

Types of Cockroaches in the Bay Area

The German Cockroach is the most common type of cockroach. They are small, brown, and have two dark stripes on their back.

The American Cockroach is the second most common type of cockroach. They are large, brown, and have a light-colored band on their back.
The Oriental Cockroach is the third most common type of cockroach. They are large, black, and have no stripes on their back.

The Brown-banded Cockroach is a distant fourth as they are very uncommon in our climate. They are small, brown, and have two dark bands on their back.

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