Cockroaches

  • Cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs!
  • A cockroach can live almost a month without food.
  • A cockroach can live about two weeks without water.
  • Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life!
  • A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head!
  • Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes!
  • Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour.

American Cockroach

german cockroach

The American cockroach is the largest cockroach found in houses. Females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year. Cockroaches don’t get their wings until the become adults.

Size: 2″
Shape: Oval
Color: Reddish brown, with a yellowish figure eight pattern on the back of their head
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
click to download info sheet Common Name: American Cockroach
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dictyoptera
Family: Blattidae
Species: Periplaneta americana

DIET
American cockroaches will eat just about anything, including plants and other insects.
HABITAT
American cockroaches live in warm, dark, wet places, because they need to be near water. They are often found in sewers and basements, around pipes and drains.
IMPACT
Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.
PREVENTION

  • Keep cooking, eating and food storage areas clean and dry.
  • If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a pest management professional due to the illnesses they can spread.

Brown-banded Cockroach

brown-banded cockroach

Brown banded cockroaches get their name from the two light bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. The male’s wings are larger than the female’s wings.
Brownbanded cockroaches often hide their eggs in or under furniture. They usually live 5-6 ½ months.

Size: 1/2″
Shape: Oval
Color: Brown, with light bandds of color across wings
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
click to download info sheet Common Name: Brown-banded cockroach
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dictyoptera
Family: Blattellidae
Species: Supella longipalpa

DIET
Brownbanded cockroaches prefer to eat starchy foods, such as wallpaper paste and book bindings. Sometimes they’ll eat non-organic things, like nylon stockings!
HABITAT
Brownbanded cockroaches prefer warmer, drier, and higher locations than most cockroaches. While most cockroaches prefer to live in kitchens and pantries, Brownbanded cockroaches will live in any room in the house. They do not need much moisture and avoid light whenever the can.
IMPACT
Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.
PREVENTION

  • Keep cooking, eating and food storage areas clean and dry.
  • If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a pest management professional due to the illnesses they can spread.

German Cockroach

german cockroach

German cockroaches can be found all over the world. They are the most common cockroach in the United States. Each German cockroach can live about 100-200 days.

Size: 1/2″ to 5/8″
Shape: Oval
Color: Brown to Dark Brown
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
click to download info sheet Common Name: German Cockroach
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Blattodea
Family: Blattellidae
Species: Blattella germanica

DIET
Cockroaches are attracted to sweet and floury foods. They also eat non-organic items such as toothpaste and books!
HABITAT
German cockroaches live in warm and damp places, like kitchens, bathrooms, and places where people eat and drink.
IMPACT
Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.
PREVENTION

  • Keep cooking, eating and food storage areas clean and dry.
  • If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a pest management professional due to the illnesses they can spread.