What Are the Different Types of Roaches
A Guide to Identifying Roaches You Don’t Want in Your House
Roaches are one of the most common pests in the world, and they come in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve ever spotted one of these critters scurrying around your kitchen, you might wonder what kind of roach it is.
To help you easily evade these unwanted guests, let us examine the various species of roaches below.
The American cockroach is the most formidable household species and can reach up to 2 inches in length. It displays a characteristic reddish-brown hue with yellow markings across its back. This roach prefers warm, moist environments such as basements or bathrooms – where it commonly feeds on decaying organic matter but will take sugary snacks or starches if available.
The German cockroach is smaller than its American cousin, growing only up to 1/2 inch long. They have light brown bodies with two dark stripes running down their backs and are most often found in kitchens or bathrooms near food and water sources. Unlike American cockroaches, German cockroaches are more likely to feed on human food.
The Oriental cockroach is another large species that grows up to approximately 1 inch long and has a glossy black body with wings that cover about half its abdomen area. These roaches prefer damp places like sewers or basements and eat decaying organic material, such as leaves or dead insects.
Smoky Brown Cockroaches
The smoky brown cockroach is about an inch long and has a darker, almost mahogany color. Suppose you happen to stumble upon a roach in your suburban abode. In that case, the smoky brown cockroach is likely your unwelcome visitor. Although they won’t intentionally try to enter into warm households during the winter season, it’s common for them to get transported inside on firewood.
The brown-banded cockroach is much smaller than the American, Oriental, and Smoky Brown varieties, growing to only a half-inch long. It’s tan in color with two lighter bands across its back and wings that extend beyond its abdomen. These roaches are more likely to be found inside your home, often hiding behind picture frames or in furniture.
No matter the type of roach, it’s best to quickly dispose of them and their eggs as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you keep your home clean by wiping down surfaces regularly and vacuuming carpets often – this will create an unsuitable environment for roaches to survive in!
Don’t let roaches take over your home! With the BUGCO® professional roach control program, you can quickly and easily get rid of these critters. Our highly-experienced exterminators will develop a tailored approach that works best for your needs. To avoid future infestations, we employ preventive steps like sealing openings, storing food and trash securely, and observing regularly.
Call us now to banish those pesky bugs!