Cockroaches contaminate our food and our dwellings with their droppings, bodies, and bacteria they carry. All have chewing mouth parts, are flat, brownish or dark colored and fast moving.

Cockroaches are omnivorous, which means that they can eat anything such as their own cast skins, live or dead plant material, leather, glue, hair, wallpaper, fabrics and almost any human food.

Cockroaches also have a high reproductive potential. They have very secretive habits that protect them from detection and destruction, and possess great speed used to escape their enemies.

Cockroaches always travel along the back edge of a shelf or the juncture of the floor or ceiling and wall. They also commonly use plumbing connections to move from one room to another.  

Detecting the presence of cockroaches can best be accomplished if “you think like a cockroach.”



The adult German cockroaches are about ½ inch in length and have wings that cover their entire abdomen. The roach is most commonly found where food is handled and stored and will eat almost any food consumed by humans. Their temperature preferences are similar to humans and are considered more wary and active than other cockroaches.

The German cockroaches has the shortest life cycle, producing more eggs, therefore giving it the greatest reproductive potential and also resulting in the most rapid development of resistance to insecticides.

Female may produce 4-8 egg capsules in their lifetime, each containing 30-48 eggs.

German cockroaches have been identified as the most common source of cockroach allergy in the USA.


Asian Cockroach

The Asian cockroach, unlike the German roach, is attracted to reflected light on light-colored walls and TV screens. They are not attracted to ultraviolet light, but to incandescent lamps.

They travel to the brightest rooms and find the brightest walls, both inside and outside. The principle habitat of the Asian Cockroach is typically leaf litter or natural mulches, in and under ground cover in whole or partial shade.

Males can be identified by looking at the genital, while females are not easily identified.         


American Cockroach

The American cockroach is the largest of the domestic species. They are brown to reddish-brown in color and have wings covering their entire abdomen.

American cockroaches prefer warm, damp, dark areas and may live in sewers. Decaying organic matter is their preferred food. Adult can survive two to three months without food, but only a month without water. 


Brown banded Cockroach

This cockroach is thought to have originally come from Africa. It was named for the pale brown bands which cross the wings of the adult and the abdomen of the nymphs.

The female brown banded can be separated from the males by their broader abdomen and shorter wings which do not cover the abdomen.

The female carries egg capsules for 24 to 36 hours before she attaches it to an object such as furniture or shelves.

Brown banded cockroaches do not harbor near moisture. This is the cockroach most frequently found in the bedroom, not the kitchen or bathroom where the German cockroach is usually found.


Oriental Cockroach

The oriental cockroach is shiny black or very dark brown. They often live in sewers and enter buildings through drains. They may also be found under leaves, in floor drains, crawl spaces, and damp basements.

Indoors, they prefer basements and crawl spaces. They typically move to the upper floors by climbing water pipes.  

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