Most of the cockroaches in the Mid-Atlantic states and through the northeast look similar. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies with long legs, antennae, and wings. Determining what kind of cockroach you have comes down to a few key differences. The most common species include:.
Often, the key to preventing and controlling roach infestations is early detection. Cockroaches, like many other insects, pass through several stages of development. These include the egg, several nymph stages and the adult. Adult females lay egg cases, called oothecae, and the number of eggs in each case varies depending on the species. Female cockroaches will deposit their egg cases in safe locations. In the home, this may include behind cabinets, on furniture or in wall voids. The American cockroach is the largest home-invading species, though these cockroaches are usually found outside.
There are over species of cockroaches that live all over the world. To identify a cockroach, it helps to know the characteristics that are common of all roach species, as well as the ones specific to the most common pest species. Three of the main species of roaches that enter homes as pests in the United States are German, American, and Oriental cockroaches. Roaches can contaminate food, spread bacteria, and lead to allergies and asthma, so it is important to identify them and get rid of them.
Give us a call: Cockroaches have flat, oval-shaped bodies. The bodies of cockroaches are oily to the touch and may be cool or warm, depending on the temperature of their environment. The head of a cockroach is small and is covered by a shield-like pronotum. A cockroach's mouth is directed down and backwards. Cockroaches have six long, spiny legs that allow them to run quickly across almost any surface. The specialized pads located at their tarsi are used for scaling surfaces and even allow for walking on walls and ceilings.