Cockroach, American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)

Order: Blattodea (blat-OH-dee-a) (Info)
Family: Blattidae
Genus: Periplaneta
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
San Bernardino, California
Bartow, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Patriot, Indiana
Morehead, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
Las Vegas, Nevada
Greensboro, North Carolina
Matthews, North Carolina
Hughesville, Pennsylvania
Anderson, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
El Paso, Texas (2 reports)
Lampasas, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Nocona, Texas
Newport News, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Nov 13, 2011, monkeymomr from San Bernardino, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I hate these things. I swear that every year they get bigger and more aggresive. I have found that if I put a thin line of 7 dust all the way around the house on the outside, I get a lot less of them in the house. I put it right up against the foundation.


On Sep 17, 2011, GreatUnstopbLee from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

They love to roam, fly, and sometimes crawl into bed with you. I think they were originally from Africa so they are American in name only.The only good thing I can say is that the summers I see more than few of them, I generally see less of the other kinds of roaches.


On Aug 30, 2010, CarolinianNJer from Columbia, SC wrote:

I almost voted these guys neutral to curry favor (in case I survive the last nuclear war)

These guys are bold! They aren't like northern cockroaches--they hang out in the open, even in the full sun. And the northern cockroaches didn't scare my cats, but these sure do!

If they aren't already South Carolina's state bird, they should be.
...You never know ;-)


On May 25, 2009, Pottersfields from Morehead, KY wrote:

This is the first year I've noticed them. So far I've seen 3. One at the potting table, one in the wood shop and last night, one flew into the bedroom. EEK's
We've got wood roaches around some but these hideous creatures remined me of Florida. Are'nt these also the roaches that will infest your dwelling big time if given the chance??


On Sep 28, 2006, dragynfyre from Niceville, FL wrote:

Yes they do fly! They are hideous creatures and tend to come in my computer room (converted garage) when it is wet or cold out. EEEK!


On Sep 26, 2006, aprilwillis from Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Yuck! Also called Palmetto bug, Water bug, Tree Roach, The
American cockroach is approx 1 1/2 inches long w/ a light brown body and reddish brown WINGS!- Yes that's right this thing FLIES! Luckily they mainly stay outside but will come indoors when the weather gets too cold or too wet!