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American RoachAlso known as: Palmetto bug, water bug

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American Roach Identification

  • Reddish-brown in color with a pale brown or yellow border on the upper surface
  • About 1 ½ inches long, or longer; the longest of the common species
  • Winged, but seldom fly
     

 

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American Roach - All Stages of life cycle 

 

Habitat

The American Cockroach usually lives outside in moist, shady areas such as yards, woodpiles, hollow trees, or under roof shingles. However, they will often wander indoors searching for food or because of extreme weather conditions. American cockroaches prefer areas that are warm, moist, and dark such as basements, crawl spaces, around bathtubs, floor drains, and in sewers.

Feeding Habits

American Cockroaches are scavengers and will eat almost anything, with a preference for decaying organic matter, sweets, and starchy items such as book bindings and the back of wall paper.


Life Cycle

American Cockroaches multiply rapidly, with the mature female producing many egg capsules containing 14 to 16 eggs each. These capsules will hatch within 50 to 55 days, releasing a handful of grayish-grown nymphs that will each molt 9-13 times before reaching adulthood. The average period of time to complete nymphal stage is about 160-971 days. The adult female can live up to 14 to 15 months in ideal conditions.


Damage

American cockroaches have the ability to multiply quickly and can be a nuisance in large numbers. Roaches intrude on homes, contaminate food, and sometimes transmit diseases.


How to Control American Roaches / Palmetto Bugs

American Roaches come from the outside of the home, so it is best to spray a liquid insecticide around the outside foundation of the home such as Talstar One or Cynoff WP, rather than using roach baits. Also focus on sealing up cracks around doors and in the foundation so roaches can't get in.

  1. Repair damage to screens, door frames, or exterior siding that may provide entry from outside.
     
  2. Repair any leaks or excess water floor near the structure and ventilate other moist spaces. American cockroaches are highly attracted to water.
     
  3. Remove rotting leaves, garbage cans, or compost piles as far from the structure as possible.
     
  4. Use a residual spray such as Talstar One or Cynoff WP outside around all points of possible entry including windows and door frames, dryer vents, and pipe openings. Use the same residual indoors along baseboards and framed entry points.
     
  5. For added protection, apply Talstar Granules outside around the base of the house as a perimeter treatment.




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