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American Cockroach (Palmetto Bug)

Periplaneta americana


  • 1"-1 7/8" long.
  • Shining red–brown in color.
  • Wings longer than the body in male; only just overlap abdomen in female.
  • Runs (may fly at very high temperatures).
  • Also sometimes known as 'Waterbug'


  • The ootheca (egg case) containing 6 – 28 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 5 months, but it can take up to 15 months.


  • Principally inside buildings, drains, basements, pipe ducts and risers.
  • Nocturnal.
  • Omnivorous.

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