Color: Reddish brown, with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head
The American cockroach is the largest of the “house-infesting" cockroaches. This species of cockroach is commonly referred to as “waterbugs” or “Palmetto bugs”.
American cockroaches are found in food processing areas and food storage areas, as well as other types of buildings. They are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but they can survive at lower temperatures with the right conditions. These roaches are often found in sewer systems and basements, particularly around pipes and drains.
Cockroaches have been reported to spread many kinds of bacteria, parasitic worms and human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Recent medical studies have indicated cockroach allergens that can cause allergic reactions and can even be a cause of asthma in children. These allergens build up in deposits of droppings, secretions, cast skins and dead bodies of roaches.
Good sanitation and habitat reduction, along with vacuuming can help prevent roaches in the home or in a facility. Also sealing cracks in a structure will deter roaches.
A highly skilled pest management professional should be enlisted to evaluate the problem activity in order to generate a custom-tailored solution. Our Pittsburgh pest control pros resolve cockroach infestations utilizing a variety of roach treatment options, including: