Appearance - 35 - 40mm long.  Shining red–brown in colour.  Wings longer than the body in male; only just overlap abdomen in female.  Runs (may fly at very high temperatures).

Lifecycle

The ootheca (egg case) containing up to 16 eggs is carried by the female for several days before being deposited. Sometimes cemented down and tend to be grouped.
Hatch in 1 – 2 months.
Nymphs usually develop in 6 -12 months, but it can take up to 15 months.

Habits

Also known as the ‘Palmetto bug’ because they live on trees, the American cockroach prefers dark, humid and undisturbed areas and can be found in subfloors, basements, kitchens, roof voids and bathrooms of homes.


Threat


American cockroaches contaminate food with saliva and faecal matter, leaving behind an unpleasant odour as well. American cockroaches also regularly crawl over decaying matter and sewage, transferring bacteria and viruses to the legs of the insect and further contaminating food and surfaces with which it comes into contact. American cockroaches are known to spread more than 30 different types of bacteria, including pathogens like Escherichia coli (E. coli) and salmonella, and intestinal parasites.

American Cockroach (Periplaneta Americana)

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