American Roach Facts
- Typically American Roaches are 2 inches in length.
- American Roaches are reddish brown in color.
- Also known as Palmetto or Flying Water Bug; American Roaches are the largest of the roach species.
- American Roaches are attracted to sweets, grains, hair and soap and often are found in the foundation of homes, under wood and near moisture sources.
American Roach Health Concerns
If no food is available, the American cockroach will find something to eat – even if it isn’t “food.” Cockroaches don’t discriminate on unsanitary or harmful items they eat, making them a very dirty insect. They have been found to carry the pathogens that cause tuberculosis, cholera, leprosy, dysentery, and typhoid Disease. They also carry and spread harmful bacteria and protozoa that cause diarrhea and gastroenteritis. American cockroaches’ feces and saliva contain proteins and allergens, which may trigger asthma attacks. Roaches can foul food, damage wallpaper, books and clothing, and produce an unpleasant odor. Vacuuming and cleaning affected areas with warm water and soap can help lessen allergic reactions.