Different Types of Cockroaches

Different Types of Cockroaches

Different Types of CockroachesDealing with cockroaches can be not only annoying, but disturbing. When approaching how to get rid of cockroaches, it is important to know the species. Proper treatment is achieved by first identifying what type of cockroach you are up against.

American cockroaches are reddish-brown to tan in color and about 1.5 inch or longer. Another common name for this cockroach is “water bug.” It takes about 2 years for an American cockroach to mature into a reproductive adult.

Eggs are usually distributed during the early spring and hatch within 6-8 weeks. This is why we usually see the adults during the end of summer into the colder months.

These cockroaches are usually found in wet, damp areas. This spaces include basements, crawl spaces, and service ducts. American cockroaches are often found in sewers and sometimes enter through pipes and drains into structures.


Unfortunately American cockroaches are not the only cockroach species to be concerned about. German cockroaches tend to come indoors during the colder months as well. This species of roach is typically 0.5 inch to 0.63 inch with a light brown to tan color. Unlike American cockroaches, German cockroaches have two distinct dark stripes extending down their back.

German cockroaches are usually found in cooking areas close to food and moisture sources. Their hiding places tend to be behind refrigerators, in base cabinets, under sinks, and other warm locations. In contrast to American cockroaches, these roaches take about 36 days to turn into reproductive adults.

Controlling a cockroach infestation or problem can be difficult without the help of a pest control professional. If you are having an issue with cockroaches and would like a free inspection, call Essential today at (520) 886-3029.

Mallis, Arnold. Handbook of Pest Control: The Behavior Life History and Control of Household Pests. 10th ed. S.N. 1599. Chapter 2. Print.

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