The American cockroach is the largest of the species. It is also known as the Palmetto Bug or Waterbug.
The American Cockroach is reddish brown in color with a pale or yellow brown on the upper surface. They are about 1.5 to 2 inches long. The longest of the common species are winged but seldom fly.
The American Cockroach have the ability multiply quickly and can be a nuisance in large numbers. The female lays many egg capsules containing 14 to 16 eggs each. These capsules will hatch within 50-60 days, releasing a handful of grayish, grown nymphs that will each molt 9 - 13 times before adulthood. The average period of time to complete nymphal stage is about 6 to 12 months. The adult female can live up to 14 -15 months in ideal conditions.
The American Cockroach or often called the palmetto bug primarily live outside in moist shady areas in yards, wood piles and tree hollows. They often wander inside in search of food or due to extreme weather conditions. They prefer areas warm and moist and dark, like basements, crawl spaces, around bath tubs, floor drains and sewers.
Sanitation is key. Structural Modifications and Repairs may be necessary. Modifying the interior environment—removing food, moisture, and harborages available to cockroaches—is the first step in treatment. Eliminating cockroach harborages involves caulking in closets and cabinets, caulking under the sink, etc., or making similar structural repairs in the kitchen, bathroom, and other areas of the house. Have a good exterior treatment done on scheduled intervals at least every 6 months. At Safari Pest Control we can keep these pests away from your home and family with the best and safest methods and products available.