What are Cockroaches? Cockroaches, commonly called roaches, are a medium to large breed insect. Ranging in size from 1″-3,” these pests have 6 legs and 2 long antennas. Roaches are mainly nocturnal and avoid exposure to light. They are one of the most commonly noted household pests. Cockroach control should include an inspection to determine the species, infected location(s), and sources of infestation. Baits, sticky traps, and residual chemical insecticides may be used in the extermination process.
German Cockroaches are light brown to tan in color with the exception of two dark stripes running longitudinally down their back. Found throughout the United States, these bugs prefer warm, humid places where food is plentiful. They primarily infest bathrooms and kitchens, but can readily infest other areas located near a source of food or water. A female German Cockroach can produce up to 35,000 offspring a year; given their ability to reproduce quickly, this roach is considered a major pest in food handling establishments. German Cockroach infestations can be difficult to eradicate and may require several treatments by a trained pest control company.
American Cockroaches: Also known as a Palmetto Bug, the American Cockroach is found throughout the United States. Reddish brown in color, this breed of roach is an exceptionally poor flier. While sometimes found in homes, the American Cockroach more commonly infests commercial buildings where food is available, such as commercial bakeries, restaurants, and grocery stores. The American Roach thrives in moist areas; they are commonly found in basements, around pipes, drains, and sewers.
Smokybrown Cockroaches: Named for its uniform brownish-black color, the predominantly outdoor pest is found most commonly in the Southeastern United States. Prone to dehydration, the Smokybrown Roach seeks out dark, warm, and moist environments near a constant source of water with protection from the elements. Outdoors, this species commonly inhabits tree holes, beneath mulch beds and ground cover. Indoors, the Smokybrown roach can be found in crawlspaces, basements, humid attics, and around soffits and eaves where moisture problems may exist.