The American cockroach is the largest cockroach found in houses. Despite the name, the American cockroach is not native to North America, but was likely introduced via ships from Africa in the 1600s. Females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year. One important fact is that cockroaches don’t get their wings until the become adults.
Habitat: Although American cockroaches can be found in homes, they are also common in larger commercial buildings, such as restaurants, grocery stores and hospitals.
Impact: Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.
- Keep cooking, eating and food storage areas clean and dry.
- Act at once due to the illness they can spread