American Cock Roach

What do American Cockroaches look like?
With the American Cockroach being one of the largest cockroaches, the adult can reach 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length.
They are reddish brown in color. They can fly and are often be seen around light during the night. Whenever
temperatures reach 70 degrees or higher the American cockroach can be seen all year round. The adults are
however more common during the summer months.

Why are American Cockroaches important?
American Cockroaches are persistent and troublesome pests that invade any building including the home. They
have been known to carry bacteria which causes food poisoning. These organisms include salmonella and shigella.
The viral hepatitis organism is also transmitted by the American Cockroach.

Reproductive Capacity:
The female American Cockroach will carry an egg sack for a short period of time before deposition. Each produces
10 to 60 egg sacks at any given time and 14 young emerges from each egg sack. The incubation period of the
American Cockroach eggs is about 45 days. The young sometimes grow into adults in as little as 215 days.

Where do American Cockroaches live?
The American Cockroach is most commonly found in zoos and animal rearing facilities ,sewers, water meter boxes
and steam tunnels. They however live quite successfully wherever human live. Their environmental preference
include moist areas such as within sewers.