What do American Cockroaches look like?

American cockroaches are the largest species of cockroach that enter into homes and structures in the Albany area; they can grow to be over 2 inches in length. They are a reddish-brown to mahogany in color with a distinctive yellow band behind their head. This species of cockroaches have fully developed wings and are able to fly.

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

American cockroaches are dangerous; while they generally do not bite they have the ability to spread dangerous bacteria throughout your home that can cause vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. The feces and shed skins that they leave behind can also trigger asthma attacks in some folks and especially in children.

Why do I have an American cockroach problem?

American cockroaches generally live outdoors underneath logs, mulch and flower beds, they will make their way indoors in order to search for food and water.

How do you get rid of American cockroaches?

If you’ve noticed cockroaches in your home or business, please contact Thomas Pest Services. Our Albany pest control pros have the tools, knowledge and experience to resolve your cockroach problem. Serving Albany, the Capital District and the Adirondack region, we offer both residential pest control and commercial pest control services that will take care of insect and rodent infestations, no matter how severe.

American cockroach prevention tips

To prevent an American cockroach infestation, our Albany exterminators recommend:


  • Sealing cracks and crevices in your foundation.
  • Caulking around windows and doors, and installing weather-stripping underneath of doors.
  • Storing garbage cans, compost and woodpiles away from the outside of your home.
  • Repairing leaky pipes in your basement, bathroom and kitchen areas.
  • Identifying and correcting areas of excessive moisture.
  • Storing food in sealed containers up off of your kitchen counter, and keep produce in the refrigerator.
  • Cleaning up spills and crumbs immediately.

Additional Resources
Types Of Roaches In New York

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