Cockroaches

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For every cockroach you see, there can easily be 100 more hiding behind your wall. The most popular species of cockroaches include:

Smokey Brown Cockroach

Appearance
  • Dark brown
  • 1.5 inches long
Diet
  • Scavengers that will eat almost anything; normally feed on plant material
Habits
  • Prefers to live outdoors
  • Populations are relatively immobile compared to other species
Other Information
  • Adults can live up to 200 days
  • Particularly numerous in southeastern U.S
  • Fly towards lights at night.

 

American Cockroach

 

Appearance
  • Reddish-brown wings
  • Light markings on thorax
  • 1.5 inches long
Diet
  • Scavengers that will eat almost anything; commonly found in food preparation areas
Habits
  • Very aggressive
  • Prefer warm, damp areas 
  • More likely to be seen in daytime and outdoors than other species
Other Information
  • The largest house-infesting species
  • Can live up to 15 months.

 

German Cockroach

 

Appearance
  • About five-eighths inch long
  • Light to medium brown colored
Diet
  • Scavengers that will eat almost anything
Habits
  • Primarily infest areas close to food, moisture and warmth.
  • Most common cockroach found in and around apartments, homes, supermarkets and restaurants
Other Information
  • Nocturnal
  • Adults can live up to one year
  • Extremely heavy infestations are not uncommon
  • Widest distribution of all cockroaches in U.S