The 2 Main Types Of Cockroaches Found At Home

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German Cockroach

german cockroachThe German cockroach is by far the most common type of cockroach you will find. Get just one female in your home and it will soon be WWII all over again; each egg case can hatch between 20 to 40 little roaches. Also, German cockroach females don’t just lay eggs, they carry them until hatching, making them an even more persistent nuisance. German cockroaches are quite small, just over half an inch long, light brown in color and can be distinguished by two dark stripes going from its head to its wings. While they have wings, they very rarely fly although they will glide for short distances if they have to. German cockroaches prefer areas near sources of food and water such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Brown Banded Cockroach

brown banded cockroachThe second most common species after the German cockroach. Slightly smaller than German cockroaches and dark brown in color they also have distinguishing yellow-brown stripes across their abdomen. While both brown banded cockroaches and German cockroaches may infest your house, you won’t find them in the same areas as brown banded cockroaches prefer warmer areas such as in your heated ceilings or near appliances.