American Cockroach


Actual Size: 1 1/2″ to 2″

Characteristics: American roaches are the largest roach in the U.S. They are reddish-brown and move fast for an insect of their size.


  • American roaches are most abundant in commercial facilities and sewers.
  • They prefer warm and damp locations such as steam tunnels and sewers where fermenting foods are available.
  • American cockroaches may carry disease-causing bacteria that are associated with these putrid conditions.
  • They migrate readily through sewer systems from building to building and from the basement to the upper floors of large office buildings.
  • They are not very abundant outside in our northern climes, but may still be found in outside sewer systems.

American Cockroach Overview

There’s a reason why many people joke that roaches can survive a nuclear apocalypse. These pests are very hardy, can survive in many different environments, and are extremely hard to get rid of. Cockroaches are found all over the globe, but there are several main species to look out for as they attempt to infest your home or business.

American Cockroach Identification

Ranging in size from 1 1/2″ to 2”, the American cockroach is the largest common species of roach in the U.S. When you think of cockroaches, these are typically the ones that come to mind: long antennae, reddish-brown bodies, and impressive speed for their size. They prefer to stay in very warm, dark, damp areas where they can feed on food scraps and other organic matter.

American cockroaches are not typically found outside in cooler climates; instead, they migrate through steam pipes and sewer systems in urban and suburban settings. If they enter your home, they can bring potentially harmful bacteria with them, which can be transmitted to humans through infestations of food preparation areas in your home or business.

Preventing American Cockroaches

Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers, meaning they’ll eat pretty much anything they can find. They prefer meats, starches, sugars, and fatty foods, all of which can be found in food preparation and waste disposal areas. As with most pests, your best bet for roach control is to keep these areas clean and clear to eliminate the roaches’ food source. However, you shouldn’t wait too long to address a potential infestation before it gets out of hand. Homeowners and business owners should consider calling the professionals at Springer Professional Home Services as soon as possible to make sure the situation is handled quickly and effectively.

Get Rid of Cockroaches

All three of these cockroaches are covered under Springer Professional Home Services ’s year-round pest control program, which helps keep your home and property protected against 36 common pests. When you schedule service for roach control, you don’t need to cover any areas or make any special arrangements for early or late-night appointments. We will send out an expert pest control technician to do the following:

  • Determine the type of cockroach
  • Discreetly apply bait gels and other materials in roach vulnerable areas
  • Seal small holes or crevices if they are contributing to the infestation
  • Continue to service your account weekly until the infestation is solved
  • Place “sticky traps” to monitor further activity
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home or facility from further infestations

If you see one cockroach in your home or business, chances are they’re not alone. Don’t wait too long to act and risk a cockroach infestation. Contact Springer Professional Home Services today, and we’ll respond with a quick, effective roach control service that respects your time and budget.