The American roach is also called a “waterbug”, the “Bombay Canary”, and the “Palmettobug”. Despite its name, this roach is not native to North America but was probably introduced via ships from Africa.
Although these roaches are found in residences, they are much more common in larger commercial buildings such as restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, food processing plants, hospitals, etc., where they usually infest food-storage and food preparation areas, basements, and steam tunnels.
During summer months, they can be found outdoors in yards and alleys. American Cockroach is the most common species found in city sewer systems.