The largest of the cockroach pest species, the body of an adult American cockroach or “water bug” is 4 to 5 centimetres in length. Colour: reddish brown, with a yellowish band behind the head.
Preferred daytime habitat locations include the sub-floor, basement, in sewers and other warm, dark, moist locations. They avoid cold areas but will thrive outdoors in temperatures above 25C. Indoors they often congregate around hot water pipes, fridge motors, boilers and other heating appliances. The American cockroach will feed on a wide variety of plant and animal material.
Rapid breeding cycle: The female life span up to 1.5 years; incubation period of eggs 6 to 8 weeks; in ideal conditions they quickly reach plague proportions.
To identify whether you have a problem with cockroaches give RIP Integrated Pest Management Services a call. We can assess whether you have a problem and can suggest solutions if in fact you do have cockroaches present in your home or workplace.