American cockroaches are sometimes referred to as “Water Bug” or “Palmetto Bug”, as they are reddish-brown in color and about 1.5 inches or longer. They have wings, males being longer than females, but usually do not fly unless the weather is hot, in which they fly from shelter to shelter. When young, the nymphs are grey-brown as they develop changing to the adult reddish-brown. American roaches prefer to diet on decaying organic matter, however will eat anything due to their scavenging nature. They enjoy starchy items like book bindings, and wall paper, bread crumbs on the floor, chips crumbs, etc. Females may have 14-16 egg capsules which hatch in roughly 50-55 days into 1/4” nymphs.
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