American Roaches

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Fall



1.25 - 2.125 inches

Inch Long



What do American Roaches look like?

American cockroaches are a large species of roach; adults can grow to between 1.5 and 2 inches in length. They have a unique yellow-colored figure-eight marking on the back of their head. American cockroach bodies are dark reddish-brown in color. They are winged and are capable of flight.

What are the signs of American Roaches?

American cockroaches aren’t inside homes as often as other species of roaches; these roaches are more commonly found invading places that store and process food like restaurants, bakeries, hospitals, and grocery stores.

American cockroaches can also be found living in sewers, basements, crawl spaces, and any other place that provides them with a warm, moist environment. In homes, they are usually found invading the first floor.

What Damage do American Roaches cause?

American cockroaches do not cause structural damage, but they are extremely unsanitary and can cause health issues.

How do you prevent American Roaches?

In order to prevent American roaches from invading your property there are some steps that you should take to help deter them:

  • Seal any cracks or crevices in the foundation of your home or business, caulk gaps found around windows and doors, and install door sweeps.
  • Make sure that garbage is kept in sealed containers and is stored away from the exterior of your property until trash pick-up day.
  • Store food in tightly sealed containers or in refrigerators.
  • Wash dirty dishes on a routine basis and clean-up spills and crumbs immediately.

How do I get rid of American Roaches?

Take preventative precautions to remove American Roaches from your home. Create an environment they cannot live in by keeping your home clean, sealing all food, and sealing all cracks around your home, and reducing moisture. To fully remove an American cockroach infestation, call a professional for help.

Can American Roaches hurt me?

American roaches are very dangerous to have infesting your home or business. Before invading your property, these roaches were crawling through and living in sewage, decaying organic matter, and garbage. They will bring any bacteria, pathogens, and parasites that are living on their bodies into your home or business and spread them throughout. Also, their feces and shed skins can trigger severe allergy attacks in some people, especially in children. They have the ability to bite but rarely do. If they do bite you, it could get infected and you’ll need medical help.
They can spread:

  • 33 kinds of bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella
  • 6 kinds of parasitic worms
  • 7 other kinds of human pathogens.

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What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

Our professionally trained technicians will provide customized services to get rid of the current American roach infestation inside your home and will then create a protective perimeter barrier around your house to prevent future problems with roaches and other pests.

Suburban Exterminating can also effectively get rid of American roaches from businesses through our commercial pest control services. We understand just how important keeping your facility free of cockroaches is to the reputations of your business. We will provide customized pest control services including detailed documentation to ensure that your facilities become and stay roach free.