Cockroach Identification Guide Across the Mid West and East Coast

What Are Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are hearty, difficult to control, and super adaptable insects. The roaches in the list below have all learned to live near people because we help them gain access to their basic needs.

Cockroaches vary in appearance and size depending on the species, but in general, roaches have a flat, oval-shaped body, long antennae, and six spiny covered legs. Some roaches have fully developed wings and may fly short distances, and others have underdeveloped wings and are unable to fly. However, whether winged or not, it is more common to see a roach running across a room than flying.

The four most common species of cockroaches living in our area and across the United States and that regularly invade our homes and businesses include:

  • German cockroaches
  • American cockroaches
  • Oriental cockroaches
  • Brown-banded cockroaches
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Are Cockroaches Dangerous?

Never a pest you want to have inside your home, cockroaches can cause many problems for people and our property. Before finding their way inside, cockroaches were outside living and foraging for food in garbage dumps, sewers, drains, and other less than sanitary environments. They carry a wide variety of bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites that cause illness in people on their body and legs. Cockroaches will make quick work of contaminating food and surfaces of any structure they invade.

There are other issues with cockroaches when they get into our homes:

  • Roaches cause food stored in kitchens and pantries to develop an unpleasant taste.
  • They create an unpleasant odor in areas of a home they infest.
  • Cockroaches will chew through or stain fabrics, paper items, walls, or floors with excrement.
  • A cockroach’s feces and shed skins trigger cold-like symptoms and allergies and asthma attacks in children and susceptible adults.
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Where Will I Find Cockroaches in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Florida, or Massachusetts?

German cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and American cockroaches are all attracted to warm, humid living conditions.Inside, they are most likely to live in the following areas:

  • Basements
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Utility rooms

The brown-banded cockroach prefers places that are less humid and more hot and dry. Therefore, these roaches like to take up residence in attics, upper cabinets, closets, and inside of electronics.

How Do I Get Rid of Cockroaches?

Urbanex is the best choice to get rid of cockroaches from your property. We offer our customers peace of mind knowing that problems with nuisance or dangerous pests will be solved and won’t return. At Urbanex, we offer modern and effective pest control services that provide maximum results. To learn why so many home and business owners trust us with their pest control needs, reach out to us today!

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