Periplaneta americana (L.)
The Infamous American Cockroach of Modesto California
The American cockroach is not the largest cockroach in the world, however they are the largest cockroach that infest homes in the U.S. These roaches are common household pest and a top reason why homeowners in Modesto, CA hire a pest control company.
American cockroaches are known by a few different names; the waterbug, ship cockroach and the Bombay canary. The most common name it goes by is the Palmetto bug, although the term "palmetto bug" refers to a variety of large cockroaches. Arnold Mallis the writer of Mallis Handbook of Pest Control says Palmetto bug refers to the Death's head cockroach, Brown cockroach, Florida woods cockroach, Australian cockroach, Smokey brown cockroach, and the American cockroach.
Identifying the American Cockroach
The American cockroach is reddish brown to dark reddish brown in color. Their body is flatten in a broad oval shape, with a pronotum (plate like shield) covering thier head. Their size ranges 1.4" to 1.6"; they have been known exceed over 2" in length. An American cockroach is a insect; meaning they have 3 body regions, 3 pairs of jointed legs, 1 pair of antenna, and a pair of compound eyes.
American Cockroach - Did you know?
Yes there name is American cockroach but these pest are not native to North America. They are native to Africa and the Middle East, it is believed they were introduced to America and the New World as early as 1625.