American Cockroach

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Periplaneta americana

How to Identify an 

American Cockroach

The American cockroach is is reddish brown in color with a lighter border around the head. They can be up to 2 inches in length.

An immature American cockroach is smaller than the adults, coloration is variable and they have no wings.

Where do they come from?

American cockroaches can live outdoors and indoors.  They move indoors during hot weather and flooding and can usually be found in basements or on the first floor. They can be found in warm, moist areas such as under sinks, in bathtubs, sewer drains and in furnace and boiler rooms.

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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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