American Roaches(Periplaneta Americana)
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Known for their large size and lightning fast speed, the American cockroach is one of the worst pests in North Carolina. These roaches – which ironically are not native to the United States – are commonly found in crawl spaces and basements but may run to kitchens to feed on food. Their large size makes them frightening for both children and adults when discovered.


  • Official Name: Periplaneta Americana
  • Length: 4cm (1.6 inches)
  • Color: Brown
  • Poisonous: No
  • Cause of Distress: Home Invasions, Food Invasions


American cockroaches are a notorious pest in North Carolina and can a threat to your comfort. These roaches spread quickly and can carry diseases like salmonella. They also release a very common allergen from their skin that can cause rash, asthma, and other issues.

American cockroaches are also disgusting. They invade food (possibly changing its flavor), they’re enormous, and they create colonies that can continue to haunt you for years to come


Cockroaches are hard to prevent without chemical assistance, because they generally enter homes for warmth. Still, there are a few strategies that can help you prevent North Carolina cockroaches:

  • Find and seal all potential entranceways.
  • Seal all food so that cockroaches have nothing to eat.
  • Place Borax powder in areas that might be prone to cockroaches.

Also, as soon as you believe you might have a cockroach problem, make sure you call Sawyer Exterminating at 336.226.1448. We can provide you with the North Carolina pest control services that you need to stay free of pests and exterminate the American Cockroach.