Types of Cockroaches and How They Get In

cockroachCockroaches are one of those insects that, if you see one, you have many. Or you soon will have. More than just a creepy nuisance, these bugs can be dangerous to your health.

As they crawl through decaying matter, they pick up germs on their spiny legs. And these germs cause diseases like salmonella and E. Coli. They can easily transfer the germs to your food or clean dishes. Additionally, these pests can trigger allergies and asthma attacks, especially in children.

Information About Cockroaches

Cockroaches can survive the worst conditions. They can even live a week without a head. There are about 4,000 species of roaches around the world. Fortunately, you only need to worry about a few common species that may enter your home. Knowing the difference between these common cockroaches will help you control and stop infestation.

German Roach

The German roach is the most common type found in the United States. They are difficult to control because of their speed in breeding. A single female German roach invading your home, along with her offspring, can be responsible for 30,000 roaches in a year.

This roach can be identified by its light brown color and dark, parallel stripes from head to wings. They are usually carried in by visitors, packages, clothing, and used furniture. They like to dwell near food and water sources.

Brown-Banded Roach

The brown-banded roach prefers drier areas than the German roach. You may find them high up inside clocks, storage cabinets, behind wall decor, or inside electronics. Males can be identified by their dark brown color and golden-tan wing tips.

Females have light yellow bands on their wings, abdomen and sides. This type of roach enters your home in the same fashion as the German roach. They can also spread through the walls in multi-family homes. This makes them extremely difficult to control.

American Roach

Despite its name, the American roach is not the most common roach found in the U.S. But it is the largest. And it can survive the longest (up to two years). In many areas, they are referred to as palmetto bugs.


And they can be quite scary. Although they prefer the outdoors, they also will inhabit damp areas. Look for them around kitchen drains, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements. They can enter homes under doors and through sewer systems, garages and basement windows.

They can be identified by their large size (up to 3 inches) and light yellow edges on the body. Both males and females can fly.

Oriental Roach

The Oriental roach is sometimes referred to as a water bug. This roach loves dark, damp spots out of sight. Their hiding makes them difficult to eradicate.

They are found in very moist areas near decaying matter such as below the ground, in sewers and basements. Oriental roaches can be identified by their glossy appearance and underdeveloped wings. They enter homes under doors, through garages, basement windows, and sewer systems.