American Cockroaches (Palmetto Bugs)
Palmetto bugs are believed to have originated from Africa, despite sounding like they should be local to the Americas.
American cockroaches typically range in color from reddish-brown to black, and have a distinctive yellow patch on the shield above the head. Adults may range between 1 1/4” to 2 1/8” (32-54 mm) in length. While they do have wings, the American cockroach rarely flies. However, if they begin from a high point (such as a tree), they can glide for a considerable distance.
The American cockroach enters our homes in search of food, water, and shelter. In addition to human and pet food, they consume cosmetics, beer, potted plants, wallpaper paste, soap, postage stamps, and fermenting fruit — and much more.