Cockroaches

In the United States, there are over 50 different species of cockroaches. Some species are much more destructive than others. The American cockroach, Australian cockroach, German cockroach, oriental cockroach, Pennsylvania wood cockroach and the Surinam cockroach are some of the more common species found in the United States.

Cockroaches are large insects typically found in tropical and subtropical climates. They have been around for millions of years and are often associated with humans. While they typically do not bite, they are dangerous to humans because of their ability to spread disease and asthma and allergy suffers may have a reaction to the feces from cockroaches. If you suspect an issue with cockroaches at your home, call a pest control professional to understand the best way to eliminate the infestation.

American Cockroaches

are about 1 ½” long and can run fast. Once in the kitchen, they prefer wine, beer and sweets.

Australian Cockroaches

favor plants, but will eat anything if plants are not available. This type of cockroach prefers to live outside in compost piles or hollow trees.

Brown Banded Cockroaches

small and resistant to humidity, these roaches are known for a selection of brown stripes across their bodies

German Cockroaches

are the smallest and fastest reproducing cockroaches. They choose to live indoors.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

are large and aggressive and emit a distinctive “hissing” sound when threatened.

Oriental Cockroaches

prefer to live outdoors in wet locations. They are slower than most cockroaches.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches

males are great fliers and travel in groups looking for a mate. The females do not fly and will not reproduce indoors.

Smokybrown Cockroaches

common from Texas to the Carolinas, this roach eats almost anything and finds its way indoors through cracks and crevices

Surinam Cockroaches

reproduce by parthenogenesis; only females are found in the United States. They are commonly brought in side with the purchase of house plants.

 

Cockroaches aren’t just unsightly, they can actually be hazardous to your health. If you have a recurring issue with cockroaches in or around your home, call a pest professional in your area immediately to discuss your treatment options.

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