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Cockroach Identification Can Help You Get Rid of the Problem
You may not know it now, but just because you saw one cockroach in
your home doesn't mean all the others are the same kind. That's right, there are
several different types of cockroaches and cockroach identification is often
quite simple when you know what to look for. In your home you may see the
American roach, the Madagascar hissing cockroach, the oriental roach or water
bug cockroach, and the German cockroach. All of these types of cockroaches are
quite different from one another, and if you look closely you will find
cockroach identification quite easy, and perhaps even a bit
First, there is the American
cockroach, which is up to one and a half inches in length. The American
cockroaches can be identified by their reddish brown color, and they also have a
yellow edge on their body directly behind the head. American roach is the biggest type of cockroach you will
likely see in your home, and they can live up to one year!
Next there is the oriental or water bug cockroach. While the oriental
and water bug cockroach are often thought of as two separate types of
cockroaches, they are actually two different names for the same critter. The
oriental or water bug cockroach can be identified by its dark brown or black
color, and is usually around one inch in length and has wings, but does not fly.
Females are rounder and have smaller wings, while the males are slim and have
The German cockroach is the one that needs to be identified the most,
as it is the biggest pest of them all. The adult is about 15 mm in length and is
brown or dark brown and stands out against others because it has two parallel
stripes that run the length of the body. The male is thinner than the female and
has a tapered body, while the female has a very solid body that is covered by
The Madagascar hissing cockroach is one that many worry about, but
it's truly harmless. This cockroach can usually be told apart by the hissing
sound that it makes when it breathes. It is also very large, has prickly legs,
and is quite shy. The Madagascar roach is not often seen in homes, but is seen
in the forests of Madagascar.
If you study these descriptions you may find that you have more than
one type of cockroach living in your home. This shouldn't be a big surprise, as
cockroaches follow one another from place to place to find the best eating and
living conditions. Most cockroaches, despite their type, like dark, moist, warm
environments that will provide water and food sources. If this describes your
home, you may have quite a few species of cockroaches living in your walls.
Cockroach identification will help you deal with the problem in the appropriate
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