American cockroaches are notable for their dark to red coloration, and they can usually grow up to two inches. Although they have wings, it is unusual to see them fly, as they do so only in case of distress or immediate danger. These bugs are often attracted to water and seek moist environments to settle in. For this reason, they are often found in and around sewers and are often found in bathrooms or kitchens, particularly around the sink. These cockroaches are notably very smart, and they will hide from people very quickly, only to resume their activity when nobody's around.
American cockroaches can have a very distinctive musty odor, which can be felt if they are present in medium to large numbers. It is possible to smell cockroaches, especially in a small home environment or apartment. In addition to that, it is also possible to detect cockroach feces, which may be mistaken for mouse droppings. Although they might be close in size to the latter, they showcase distinctive side ridges.
American cockroaches are typically very active through the night, but they can easily be seen during the day. To get rid of these pests, it is highly recommended to contact a specialized pest control company, since most DIY methods are not effective long-term solutions to eradicate a cockroach infestation.
While American cockroaches do not bite or sting, they could be very dangerous for people suffering from asthma or allergies. These bugs also have the potential to cause disease, contaminate food and surfaces with feces, as well as other contaminants they might carry from garbage bins, drainage or sewage.