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What are Oriental cockroaches?

Adult Oriental roaches grow to be about 1 inch in length. Their hard body is smooth, shiny, and black. The female has a wide body, and the male has a narrower body. Also, the male’s wings are more developed than the females, but neither are capable of flight. Oriental cockroaches are known for emitting a very powerful, musty odor that most people find very unpleasant.

Why do you have them?

Oriental roaches are typically found living outside in moist, damp areas like inside sewers, under piles of garbage, or in leaf piles and wood piles. They can also be found underneath mulch, under landscaping timbers, and in fallen, decaying logs.

If the weather becomes unsuitable for them (too hot and dry), they will move inside buildings to seek a more humid environment.

They often enter inside through cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls, through the space's underneath doors and around windows, and through floor drains and pipes. When living inside, they are found in basement areas and crawl spaces.


What are German cockroaches?

German cockroaches are a species of cockroach that you will rarely see flying; instead, they scurry and run very quickly to get where they are going or to elude capture. Adults grow to between 1/2 and 5/8th of an inch in length.

Their bodies or light brown or tan, and they have two parallel black stripes placed right behind their head. The female has a wide abdomen, while the male has a narrower shaped abdomen. German cockroaches breed very quickly; each female can carry 40 eggs and there can be as many as 6 generations produced per year.


Why do you have them?

German cockroaches can enter homes through small cracks and crevices; in fact, they only need a space 3/8th of an inch wide to squeeze their bodies through!

While foraging for food, they often enter inside through spaces in the foundation or underneath doors; but the main way these invasive cockroaches enter homes and other buildings is by hitching a ride in cardboard boxes, used appliances and furniture, grocery bags, and other deliveries and packages.

Once inside, German cockroaches can be found living in large numbers in warm, humid places like kitchens and bathrooms.

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What are American cockroaches?

American roaches are a very large species of cockroach that have the ability to grow to more than 3 inches in length; however, they usually are between 1 ½ and 2 inches in length. American roaches are dark, reddish brown, and they have a lighter color outlining their body.

The American cockroach’s most identifiable feature is a yellowish colored figure-8 pattern behind their head. The female and male American roach both have fully developed wings which sit longer than their body, and they have the ability to fly.

Why do you have them?

American cockroaches are drawn to areas of high humidity; properties that are having moisture problems like leaky pipes, fixtures, or other water leaks are more likely to have problems with American roaches. Inside homes and other buildings, they can often be found living in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, underneath sinks, and inside laundry rooms.


What are Brown-Banded cockroaches?

Brown-banded cockroaches are named for the tan bands formed across their wings. This banding is found on these roaches regardless of their age and is thus noticeable on adults, young cockroaches, and even nymphs. Female and male adult brown-banded cockroaches have slightly different appearances. Males grow to be about 1/2 of an inch in length, are brown, and have fully developed wings that allow them to fly. Females are shorter with a stockier body shape. Females have wings, but they are not fully developed for flight.


Why do you have them?

Brown-banded cockroaches can be found across the United States but are most common in the Northeastern, Southern, and Midwest regions of the country. They often enter homes and other structures while in search of food and shelter. Brown-banded cockroaches prefer dry, warm environments to live and nest, and can get pushed indoors due to the humidity of summer or the cold temperatures of winter.

Inside buildings, these cockroaches can be found living above ceilings, in attics, behind walls, and near large appliances with motors. Brown-banded cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and prefer foods high in starch. They often feed on wallpaper, book bindings, stamps, and other items that contain glue.

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