The American cockroach is the largest roach that is commonly seen in houses and a major pest in the United States. Adult American cockroaches average between 1.4 inches to 1.6 inches in length, but they can grow to larger than 2 inches. American cockroaches are reddish brown in color, and both males and females have wings that can help them fly short distances. Infestations of cockroaches are very challenging to get rid of because the insects hide in many areas they breed quickly and can sometimes develop resistance to pesticides.
It is common for cockroaches to lives in places that have poor upkeep, they can still be found in places that are regularly cleaned. It is normal for them to hitchhike on people or things to get inside buildings, but it is more common that they find holes and gaps in buildings to enter them. While cockroaches do not generally bite, it is common for them to taint food with E. coli and salmonella, so it is very important to get rid of these pests as quickly as possible. Left untreated for too long, and cockroach feces and body parts can trigger someone’s allergies or asthma.