How do I identify cockroaches

Roaches are something no one wants to see in their home, but any home can get them no matter how clean it is, or how hard you try to keep insects out of your home. A roach can sneak in on a paper grocery bag, or on someone's shoe, or hitch a ride on your pet.

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November 1, 2020

Roaches are something no one wants to see in their home, but any home can get them no matter how clean it is, or how hard you try to keep insects out of your home. A roach can sneak in on a paper grocery bag, or on someone's shoe, or hitch a ride on your pet. A few roaches can live a while on a small crump of bread and breed a lot in a short time. Two roaches sneaking into your home could create hundreds of them in a few months. Often when you see roaches, that means there are many more hidden in the walls and various places.

How do I identify cockroaches?

Learning some cockroach identification tips can help you identify the types of bugs you see, and that can help with extermination. Sometimes different treatments are needed for different kinds of bugs. Use this cockroach identification guide and our cockroach identification tips to learn what to look for when it comes to cockroaches.

There are many species of cockroaches and many kinds that live around the world. Some stay outside, but the ones we are concerned with are the ones that invade your home.

Common traits

Here are some common traits that all cockroaches have, and these answer the question of How do I identify cockroaches?

  • An oval-shaped body is common to all cockroaches
  • Flat bodies, and can range from less than an inch to three inches long
  • Reddish-brown in color.
  • Just after shedding their exoskeleton, they appear whiter than others.
  • They can move very fast.,

Kinds of roaches

While there are 69 kinds of roaches and even more species of roaches known to scientists, there are only four that are prevalent in American households.There are the American, Brown Banded,Oriental, and German cockroaches.Just because they may be named "German" does not mean they are limited to that country.

Here is a cockroach identification guide to the major kinds in the United States.

American

The American cockroach lives around the world, and of course in the United States.It is 1 and a half inches long, red to dark brown and they have wings. Fortunately, perhaps they do not fly. These roaches like warm, dark area sand are found in basements or crawl spaces, sewers or food drains. These roaches can spread bacteria and can be harmful to humans.

Brown-banded

The Brown-banded cockroach gets its name from bands around its abdomen and wings.They are about a half of an inch long and can be dark red or golden brown. The male of the species can fly as well. This cockroach likes warm temperatures and dry areas. The Brown-Banded cockroach likes starchy type foods and can eat things like the glue off stamps or other types of paper. They tend to be in walls, but also like appliances that give off heat. Also because they like to eat glue off the paper, they may be found in desks or in areas with clutter.

German cockroaches

The German cockroach is smaller than the other kinds, and are tan or light brown. They are about half an inch long and can get into very small spaces, which makes them hard to find and eradicate. Another identifying factor is parallel lines from their heads to their wings. These cockroaches like moist warm areas, and like to congregate in kitchens near sinks or dishwashers. These roaches also have wings but do not fly, they can be very fast, however.

Oriental

The Oriental cockroach is sometimes called a water bug or a black beetle.  These cockroaches appear black or very dark brown and are a little more than an inch long. They have short wings but do not fly. Oriental cockroaches like moist and dark places, and can be found in basements and garages. They usually only try to enter a home looking for food. They are more likely to be found in the yard and near water. The Oriental cockroach is not as fast as the others, and not as adept at climbing.

What's next

If you see roaches, especially inside your home, chances are good that there are more of them hiding in the walls and in various places. There are commercial pesticides you can buy, and there are traps available. Your best bet is to call a professional exterminator who is experienced in eradicating various kinds of pests. Professional exterminators know where roaches hide and they know how to get to the small spaces where they may be hiding. Some are very small and are in places hard to reach. Let professionals keep your home bug-free.

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