Identify Your Pest

American Cockroach

Quick Facts


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Preferred Habitat

American cockroaches prefer to live in moist areas, but can survive in dry areas if water is accessible near by. In residential homes they are often found in basements, crawl spaces, crack and crevices of porches, and foundations.

Known Health Issues

American cockroaches don’t carry diseases themselves, but they can pick up disease-causing bacteria, such as Salmonella, and transfer it food. Cockroach feces accumulated in house dust can trigger allergic reactions and asthma in some people.
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The American cockroach is the largest species of common cockroach, and is also known as the waterbug. It can move quickly, and will scatter into a crack or crevice when someone enters the room or turns on lights. Divided into three sections, the body of an American cockroach is reddish brown with a yellow margin just behind its head. A pronotum protects part or all of the thorax in certain cockroaches and presents as a shield-like structure.

Often found in moist areas, the American cockroach is often found in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. However, if they have access to water, they can survive in dry areas and may be found in other areas of the home. These cockroaches often move inside when cooler weather approaches in search of warmth and food. Cockroaches may enter homes through vents, plumbing, ducts, and doors.


Is the American Cockroach Dangerous?

Cockroaches have been known to transmit diseases to humans. One of the most often transmitted diseases is gastroenteritis (diarrhea, stomach cramps, etc.) and this happens because cockroaches carry the organisms that cause the illnesses on their legs, then deposit them on food, utensils, and more.