American Cockroach


The American cockroach is the largest cockroach that infests buildings in the United States. This insect may be recognized by a yellow “figure-8” pattern on the shield at the front of its body. In Florida, the American cockroach is called the “palmetto bug,” and it has the nickname “water bug” throughout the United States.


Like all cockroaches, it is omnivorous and will eat virtually anything people will and many things we won’t.


This cockroach thrives in warm, damp environments, such as sewers, steam tunnels, basements, crawl spaces, and boiler rooms. In southern states, it will also be found living and breeding outdoors.


The key to control the American Cockroach is to find and restrict access to their much-needed resources (food, shelter water) and eliminating current population through extensive baiting program. In southern states where this cockroach lives outdoors, successful control involves preventing access to attics & crawl spaces in conjunction with an extensive baiting program.


Pestrol technicians are trained to find these resources which waterbugs need and we work with customer to eliminate them.