The American Cockroach is one of the larger roaches growing to a length of about 1 ½ inches. It is identified by an auburn to brown color with a white ring around its pronotum (that’s the shield looking area behind the head) and well developed wings with rounded tips, but rarely fly. They can open their wings and glide for a considerable distance. This is the first monster of the night to be called a Palmetto bug, mostly because it is large and lives outside.
Here in Southwest Florida the American Cockroach is abundant in alleyways, yards, hollows of trees, and all types of palm trees. They are also found in sewer drains and around manhole covers. The American Cockroach prefers moist shady areas to live and feed. They feed upon a variety of decaying organic matter, book bindings, glue, soap, clothing, paper, sweets, sugar, syrup, fruit, and vegetables, and when their environment puts stress on them will even eat their own.
The female American cockroach produces an egg capsule containing 15 eggs as fast as every 7 days. There is no known chemical that the American Cockroach has resistance to. A regular Collier Complete treatment including a regular perimeter power spraying will control most American Cockroach problems