German cockroaches are typically found indoors; living in kitchen and bathroom areas, or in any other place of the home that provides them with a warm humid environment. Adults can range in size from ½ to 5/8th of an inch in length. German cockroaches are light brown to tan in color and have two black horizontal stripes located directly behind their head. These cockroaches have wings but will rarely, if ever use, them because they prefer to run or scurry from place to place.
American cockroaches generally live outdoors in flower beds, underneath of mulch, on trees and in the sewer system. They most commonly enter homes while foraging for food and water sources. This variety of cockroach is a dark reddish-brown color and they have a distinct yellow colored figure 8 pattern located on the back of their head. Adults can grow up to two inches in length and are winged and capable of flight. Cockroach pest control is vital to avoid pests like these flying around your home.
Oriental cockroaches are shiny, smooth and black in color and emit a strong unpleasant odor. Adults can grow up to one inch in length; males being smaller than the females. Even though the males have wings, they, like their female counterparts, do not fly. This species prefers to feed on garbage and other decaying materials and requires water frequently to survive.
Smokey brown cockroach
Smokey brown cockroaches are mahogany to black in color and range in length from 1 ¼ – 1 ½ inches. They have long and strong wings that extend past their body which make them excellent fliers. They can be found living in warm, dark and humid areas that allow them easy access to water sources. These cockroaches are not picky when it comes to food and will feed on almost anything. With crazed and hungry pests like these, you need immediate cockroach control to avoid everything being eaten by Smokey brown roaches.
They are brown in color with obvious banding across their wings. They are a smaller species of cockroach, the adults can grow up to ½ of an inch in length. They prefer an extremely warm environment that provides a dry heat. They can commonly be found gathering in attics, on ceilings, and around large appliances whose motors give off heat.