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American Cockroach

Afrikaans name:

American Cockroach being eaten by a House Gecko

Photo © Steven Herbert

Periplaneta americana

Welcome to the American, or Common, Cockroach. It grows to a length of almost 3.5 cm although most Durban people would swear that they have seen bigger ones!

Male and female are similar in colour which is an orangey-brown colour.

The American Cockroach lives in our houses, sewage pipes, drains and other places in or near our homes.

Although these insects are found in various regions they do tend to favour the more humid regions.

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