American Cockroach

American Cockroach
Size : up to 2"
Color : Reddish brown
Habitat : Tropical climate
Origin : Native to Southern US
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The American cockroach has several different common names including the "waterbug" (palmetto bug) and the "Bombay Canary". Despite its most common name, the American Cockroach, this cockroach is not native to the United States or even the North or South Americas. They were brought over from Africa and introduced to the western region via ships. American cockroaches are actually found all over the world, including the United States.

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American Cockroach Identification

American cockroaches may be one of the larger species of cockroaches to invade homes in order to find food. Full grown adults are over an inch long growing to be about 1.3 inches to a huge 2 inches. Both sexes are fully winged. The wings of males extend beyond the end of their abdomens and the wings of females do not. Although they possess wings, most American cockroaches are poor fliers and some are just moderately good at flying. Wings are metallic gray in color when they are closed. The bodies of American cockroaches are reddish brown except for a pale yellow to a yellow brown band that goes around the edge of the shell. The last segment of the body is at least twice as long as the body is wide. So in other words, they are fairly thin or slender insects.

Less developed nymphs are all uniform in color. They are a grayish brown on their dorsal side and paler in color on the ventral side and their coats are shiny. Later instars are a brighter reddish-brown color. Nymphs are slender in shape just like fully matured adults; however, they do not possess wings and so people are able to see a distinct taper on the ends of their abdomens. The antennae of all instars are a uniform brown color and normally, the antennae are longer compared to their bodies than when they are fully mature.

The egg capsules are dark red to a blackish brown color. They are about 8 mm long and the length is double the size of the width. Each egg capsule holds 8 eggs on each side.

American Cockroaches Habitat

American roaches are attracted to moist areas; however, they can survive in dry places if they have access to an adequate water source. They cannot live in cold temperatures and that is why they will migrate indoors during the colder seasons. Although they are found in homes, they are more common in commercial areas like restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, and etc. Inside the homes though, they can be found in the basements, crawl spaces, and other tight crack and crevice areas. They usually nest outdoors and so when they weather begins to become warm again, they will move from the house to the yard and areas adjacent to the building like alleyways or in the city sewer systems.

How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches

Because of the slow development and large size, overwhelming or large infestations of American roaches are not common inside houses and other buildings. However, because they cannot tolerate cold climates, they may enter buildings where temperatures are much warmer. They may also travel inside to forage for food when food sources outdoors are inadequate. When a homeowner finds an American cockroach inside their house, it is most likely an occasional invader. However, this will also mean that there is a potential nest outside that is close enough for the roaches to travel inside for food. Therefore, for American cockroach infestations, it is necessary to do outdoor control. Exclusion is the main type of control that will get rid of American cockroaches inside the house. If homeowners are able to locate nests, American cockroaches can be flushed out with liquid concentrate insecticides. If not, cockroach baits in the gel or granular form can be placed around the perimeter of the house. There are bait stations available that may protect the baits from breaking down. A perimeter treatment with a liquid residual spray is necessary to kill on contact. Liquid sprays are sprayed around the perimeter of the house in a barrier form. All utility pipes that may enter the home and any cracks and crevices should be sealed properly.

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Q. big roach problem
i have a big roach problem because i live in very old apartment and there are roaches everywhere. We are low on income. WHAT CAN WE DO ?
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Using Roach Bait Gel may be your best option for a thorough roach treatment. Most exterminators just use gels for initial treatment and it usually takes care of the infestation.

When using the gels it is very important that you do not kill the ones that you see, for those are the roaches that are going to be spreading the poison for you.

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Q. 2 Large roaches seen but that's it so far. How do I know if I need to do something?
We live in a small 2 bedroom apt with only one other apt connected on the side. Recently a large bug which I assumed was a roach fell from my ceiling onto my arm. Then about 2 weeks later I found a large brown roach on my sons bedroom floor. Our a/c ducts are in the ceiling...could it have come from there? I haven't seen any evidence of anymore anywhere else though. I did buy baits for the kitchen and bathroom. We are getting ready to move into a 4 bedroom trailer in a couple of weeks and I dont wanna take any roaches with us. What should I do? Thx
A.   Large roaches are primarily occasional invaders that come inside the house but do not nest inside or breed indoors. They may have come in from the wall void area or from doors and windows. Inspection to all materials that you are bringing over to the new home should be done and regular maintenance or pest control should be done to the new home.
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Q. big roaches Control
I live in Miami, Florida. My house is old and I have a leak in one of the walls of the kitchen that is making a nice environment for cockroaches (the medium to big ones, not the little german ones). I want some sort of solution that you spray (like my Orkin man does), the sprayer, maybe some traps. I have to get this problem under control. I also want something that is safe that me and my family won't be inhaling that is harmful tell me what I need to buy - I don,'t want to spend a lot but I do want to start taking care of this problem myself. Please advise. Thanks
A.   For a liquid insecticide, I would recommend Masterline Bifenthrin. It is safe for indoor and outdoor use.

We recommend that you wait until it dries before humans or pets re-enter the room. It has a residual time of up to 3 months and the product label states roached as a targeted pest.

I would also recommend using some bait forms, such as the Advion Roach Bait Gel. It will be an ingestion kill once the roaches consume the gel.
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Q. americon cockroach in kitchen
We have an infestation of americon cockroach in out kitchen. we have been in this house 22years with no problem until a month ago...from my research roach traps are just a band aid..I need to be rid of them..any suggestions?
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American Roaches nest outdoors and only come inside to forage for food. You need to do outdoor roach control. You should place bait stations outside. The only bait stations that are big enough to fit the American Roaches are the Maxforce Roach Bait Stations with Hydramethylnon.

You also must check your structure for cracks and crevices in which the roaches are entering in from. Also, check screens and door frames to see if they need repair so that there are no cracks that the roaches can enter through.

Lastly, you should use an insecticide to create a barrier around your house. Typically, barrier treatments are done with LambdaStar 9.7% CS liquid concentrates that are sprayed on the outside perimeter of the entire structure. Barriers are made by spraying at least 4 feet up the structure from the base of the structure and 4 feet out from the base of the structure. When doing a barrier treatment, you should also spray around door frames, window frames, the garage, and also utility lines that enter the structure that can serve as entry points for the American Cockroaches.

Lambdastar is a great product that will not break down as easily outdoors.

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Q. Product Suggestion
I live with my father and brother, and am looking for some products that are relatively easy to use that I can convince him to acquire to get rid of our growing problem. Initially I saw 1-2 medium sized ones, but over the last month or two I went from seeing babies and theyre now atleast a quarter inch, and growing in numbers. Some nights I see 2-7. They're usually on the counter/sink/stove area, but over the last three days we've noticed one in the bathroom and just now one in my room which really is creeping me out. I've made an extra effort to keep all food sealed and nothing in my room but that didn't do anything apparently. Is there something we can get that will spread from one roach to another that they won't become immune to that'll work? We live in a flat in a two story house and as far as I know they don't have them upstairs.
A.   American roaches are primarily from the outside and will nest and breed outdoors and so outdoor control is necessary. We recommend Cy-Kick CS to spray around the perimeter of the home including window and door frames and any cracks and crevices that can serve as an entry point for the roaches. Indoor, we recommend the Advion Roach Gel Bait or the Maxforce Magnum Roach Gel Bait. Baits are effective in treating for roaches because they will spread the active ingredient through feces or when other roaches eat the carcass of the contaminated roach. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. American Roaches Pier and Beam House
Hello, We live in a house that is one a pier and beam foundation in Austin Texas. There is about a 24 inch crawlspace under the house. We are looking for recommendations for a pesticide for American Roaches that would be safe to use under our house. Can you please provide us with some recommendations? Thank you.
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The Demon WP Insecticide will be fine for use in your crawl space to control cockroaches, but we would rather recommend a bait form.

Since it is outdoors, I might recommend and granule bait such as the Niban Granular Bait just because the cockroaches will take it back to their nesting area resulting in the wipe out of the colony rather than killing whatever comes in contact with the insecticide.

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Q. i live in las vegas and i'm having and issues with roaches, i've pulled the stove, refrigarator out and the dishwasher. i'm on my second bottle of suspend sc but it think its not having the affect it used to. i'm starting to find them in the bathrooms also which i never did before. what spray would you recomend and granules for the back of appliances my only issue is that i have little ones running around the house.
A.   Rather than using a knockdown agent, for indoor roaches, we always recommend a bait type of poison. This is because indoor roaches actually do nest inside the house. Like you may have noticed, it is difficult to find the nest and you may spray and spray, but they continue to reproduce. One of the most effective ways to get rid of them is to use baits like gel baits or bait stations. Gels can be applied to areas like under the sinks, behind the toilets, underneath the cabinets that are up high and etc. Bait stations, which are plastic tamper free stations that are pre-baited, can be attached to surfaces like behind the refrigerator, the stove, on corners on the floor, on countertops, and etc.
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Q. I need your product talstar s a spray for roaches
I NEED YOUR PRODUCT CALLED Tlastar s it is a spay for roaches we have in a triplex I do not see it on your eb site
A.   Talstar Pro is not only a cockroach spray, but it is based by a Bifenthrin active ingredient that is labeled for a variety of crawling and flying insects. Depending on the roach species though, we may or may not recommend Talstar. For a general maintenance on the outside perimeter of the structure, Talstar Pro is a great product to use.
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Q. American and German Roach infestation
We moved into a house that was built in 1967, in August 2012. When we first moved in we saw a few but killed them and did not see anymore for a while. Now you cannot open a cabinet, drawer, or door without 100 scattering. They are in our bathroom, Master bedroom and living room and of course the kitchen. Here lies the problem, I am allergic to some of the chemicals in most bug sprays, triggers my asthma. We have a cat in the home and during the winter we have 5 dogs in and out of the house(weather dependant. Can you please help because the are biting us during the night while we sleep? HELP????
A.   Unfortunately, chemical means is the only way to get rid of an infestation this large. We don't even advise that you do treatment yourself. This will have to be done by a professional company and if the chemicals will trigger your asthma, then you will have to leave the home for a few days. Make the arrangements to have a professional attend to your house because an infestation of that degree can also cause health risks as well as trigger your asthma as well.
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Q. American Cockroach problem returns
For years me and my family saw any American Cockroaches in our 3 family home. We would see one maybe twice to three times a year and that would be it. Fast forward to the last several months and the sightings have been at least once a week. I have put down Delta Dust in the basement and in the boiler room area. What would be a good product to use as a "barrier" for the outside of my brick home? I live in the Northeast so we do get rainy days and hot humid days as well. What else can I use to control the problem on the inside of my home as well? Thank you for your time!
A.   We would highly recommend the Suspend Polyzone. This is a great product for both indoor and outdoor control of pests. The Suspend Polyzone contains a polymer like substance which will allow the pesticide to stay on surfaces longer. Therefore it is favorable to be used in wet or hot climate regions.
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