The Most Common Cockroaches in Homes
By Maggie’s Farm
Cockroaches can contribute to very unsanitary conditions if they find their way into your home. They carry 33 different types of bacteria and various parasitic worms.
Do you know what the most common roaches are?
Like all pests they enter your home in search of food, water, and shelter, and for that reason, you will often find them in bathrooms and kitchens.
These roaches typically live and nest outdoors and find their way inside your home:
American cockroaches are the largest of the cockroach species in the United States and measure about 2 inches long, are reddish brown in color, with yellow markings behind the head.
They are typically found living in warm, moist areas, such as basements, around plumbing pipes, floor drains, and in sewers.
Brown-banded cockroaches are about ½” in size, dark brown in color, with lighter bands on their wings. They prefer to live in warmer, drier areas.
Oriental cockroaches are shiny black or dark brown, and about one inch in length. They prefer cool, damp, dark places like under wood piles, in basements and crawl spaces, in sewers, and around pipes.
German cockroaches are the most common indoor roach and can range in size between ½” to an inch long. They are a light brown color with two distinguishing dark stripes down their backs .They typically hitch a ride into your home in bags, cardboard boxes, luggage, or furniture. These roaches are found all over the world and are linked to the spread of bacteria.
German cockroaches prefer warm, dark, humid environments near food and water.
When you inspect your kitchen and bathrooms for a possible infestation, be sure to search cabinets, drawers, and under/around appliances.
You will be looking for adult roaches, their feces, and egg sacs.
Repair any leaking plumbing and seal up all cracks and entry points, such as plumbing penetrations.
Clean up spills, food, and crumbs. Keep garbage in a sturdy container with a tight lid.
Hope you find this cockroach identification guide helpful! If you have any questions please leave a comment below.
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