Cockroach Species 101: Know Your Home Invaders

Cockroaches are one of the toughest and most flexible pests in the world, and they’re not just a bother. They can be very bad for your health, and getting rid of them once they’re in your home is particularly hard. To get rid of these pesky pests, you need to know about the different kinds of cockroaches that usually get into homes. Each species has its own traits and ways of acting. This guide will show you some of the most common types of cockroaches you might find in your home.

The German cockroach (Blattella germanica)

The most common and annoying type of cockroach that can be found inside is probably the German cockroach. They are small, about 1/2 to 5/8 inches long, and have two distinct parallel stripes going down their backs. Their bodies are light brown to tan. These roaches are known for reproducing quickly and can quickly take over big areas.

German cockroaches like warm, damp places to live and can be found in kitchens, baths, and other places where food and water are easy to get to.

Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) from the United States

Most of the time, people call the American cockroach a “water bug” or “palmetto bug.” It is one of the biggest types of cockroach. They are reddish-brown and can get up to 2 inches long. Even though they are called American roaches, you can find them all over the world.

American cockroaches like to live in dark, damp places like sewers, basements, and crawl spaces. They happen a lot in older homes that have problems with wetness.

The Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis)

Oriental cockroaches are about 1 to 1.25 inches long, which is a middle size. They have a shiny look and are dark brown to black in colour. People often call these roaches “water bugs” because they like to live in damp places.

Oriental cockroaches like to live in drains, basements, and other places with a lot of moisture. They move more slowly and aren’t as agile as other kinds.

The Brown-banded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa)

Smaller than other cockroach types, the brown-banded cockroach is about 1/2 inch long. Their wings and stomachs have two light bands that make them stand out. They are a light brown to tan colour. Brown-banded cockroaches can fly, which is different from some other kinds.

Habitat: These roaches like warmer, drier places to live and can be found in home closets, ceilings, and other high places.

Fifth, the smokeybrown cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa)

Cockroaches that are smokey brown are medium-sized and have a dark mahogany colour. They can fly very well and are often drawn to lights outside at night, which can bring them inside.

Smoky brown cockroaches like it when it’s warm and wet where they live. Most of the time, you can find them in attics, crawl areas, and tree holes.

The wood cockroach (Parcoblatta spp.)

Wood cockroaches are pretty big and are a light brown to tan colour. In contrast to other cockroach species, they tend to live outside and are not generally associated with getting into homes.

These roaches like to live in wooded places and are often drawn to outdoor lighting. They are not a major problem for people who live inside.

To get rid of cockroaches effectively, you must first know which species you are working with. You can get rid of small pest problems on your own, but for complete and long-lasting answers, it’s usually best to talk to a professional pest control service. Pesticides can become less effective over time on cockroaches, so professional help is needed to get rid of them for good. No matter what kind of cockroach you have, you need to be proactive about pest control and do normal home maintenance to keep them away.

At Cockroach control Lindsay, we strive to be the best in our field as possible, and we all do it with a special drive that wants to see families, individuals, and businesses grow undisturbed. We offer long-term solutions that can guarantee the eradication of pest presence throughout the property through crack and crevice application in areas of high activity.