Roach Identification

German cockroach

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 cockroach

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.

Oriental cockroach

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.

Brown-banded cockroach

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.

• Prefer humid and warm environments that provide food and water
• Nocturnal insects
• Directly and indirectly associated with many dangerous viral and bacterial illnesses

Contaminates Food

Difficult to Eradicate

Hazard to Health

Nuisance Pest

Spreads Illness

Structure Invading

Cockroaches are a year round pest concern.

Dangers Associated With Roaches

Cockroaches carry and transmit serious diseases and bacteria to you and your family.  Their feces and shed skins can also trigger serious asthmas attacks in some people, especially young children.

Cockroach Prevention

Cockroaches commonly get into homes through food items that have been purchased at stores that are already infested and in mailed packages.  Cockroaches often enter into a home underneath of doors, through gaps around windows, doors, and utility entrances and through cracks in the foundation while foraging for food and water.

Prevention tips to keep cockroaches of your home include:

  • Routinely removing garbage from your home as well as your property.  Store all garbage in a container with a tight fitting lid away from the exterior of your home.
  • Sealing cracks in your home’s foundation and exterior walls; ensuring that screens in windows and doors are intact.
  • Fixing leaky outdoor fixtures that may attract cockroaches and repairing any leaky faucets or pipes to eliminate water sources.
  • Inspecting purchases, boxes, and packages for cockroach activity before bringing them into your home.
  • Keeping food in your kitchen and pantry areas stored in the refrigerator or in sealed containers.
  • Storing pet food in sealed containers with tight fitting lids and picking up any uneaten pet food.Immediately sweeping up crumbs and cleaning up spills and regularly washing dirty dishes.

Cockroach Control

Getting professional help to eliminate and control cockroaches in your home is extremely important.

ChemTec Pest Control can get rid of cockroaches from your house through our home pest control programs.  These programs provide safe and effective services to remove the current infestation and then offer routine treatments to prevent future problems with cockroaches.  For more information about ChemTec’s cockroach control services contact us today!


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