American Cockroach

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Periplaneta americana

How to Identify an 

American Cockroach

American cockroaches are the largest of the common cockroaches, measuring 1.5 to 2 inches long. They are reddish-brown and have a flat, oval body shape. They are most easily identified by their large size and their smooth, dark head.

Where do they come from?

American cockroaches are common in the United States and Canada. They are most commonly found in basements, crawl spaces, and other damp, dark areas. They can also be brought into your home on food or garbage. American cockroaches often hide in the seams of cabinets and behind appliances.

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of American cockroaches is to eliminate their hiding places by getting rid of any clutter and cleaning up any spills and moisture. You can also use commercial cockroach bait or spray. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to call a professional exterminator.

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What do they look like?

Close up view of the face and antennae of an American cockroach
The reddish brown color of the American cockroach
American cockroach othecca (egg case)

Where do they live?

You can find American cockroaches under the sink, behind kitchen cabinets, under countertops, behind the fridge, or near drains and pipes. American cockroaches can be found in southern Utah but are generally not found in Northern Utah.


Periplaneta americana



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