The Three Most Common Cockroaches and How to Identify Them

There more than 4,500 species of roaches on the planet. The good news is there are only around three kinds of cockroaches that you will generally discover in your home. If you spot a cockroach in your home, anticipate it to be a German cockroach, American cockroach, or Smokybrown cockroach. It’s crucial to know which type of roach you’re coping with so you can deal with the problem with the correct solution.

What's the Difference?

They are generally found in warm, dark, damp places. They are night time creatures, so if you see one during the day, this could be an indication of a larger problem. Cockroaches are commonly found in basements, attic rooms, beneath garbage piles, and also behind furniture.

how to identify the type of roach you have

The American Cockroach

One of the most common cockroaches to come across are the American cockroaches, though you might know them as palmetto bugs,. Once inside, they tend to head in the direction of bathrooms, kitchen areas, laundry rooms and basements in search of water or food. American cockroaches can run very fast and tend to hide away in dark places. When endangered or disturbed they might even fly.

Smokybrown Cockroach

The Smokybrown cockroach is generally found throughout the southeast. Smokybrown cockroaches are prone to dehydration so they are most commonly found in wet places where you might have a moisture problem. Keep an eye on your plumping, as this is among the most common reasons to have moisture issues in your house. These cockroaches tend to be in hiding till night when they head out to search for food.

German Cockroach

Similar to the American cockroaches, German cockroaches are among the most common to turn up in your home. They are often found inside in search of warmth and water. They have a very fast reproduction rate, meaning they can quickly end up being a severe problem if not taken care of quickly.

Where Should I Search for These Bugs?

These cockroaches tend to hang around dark, damp, warm places. Inspect these areas for roach activity:

  • Garage
  • Sink
  • Closets
  • Pipes
  • Attic
  • Kitchen
  • Cellar
  • Bathroom
  • Home appliances
  • Furniture
  • Piled Cardboard and Paper
  • Wardrobes
  • Baseboards
  • Electronics

Do I Have an Infestation?

A roach infestation is not something to ignore. If you see cockroaches in or around your residence on a daily basis you could have a problem. Search for these 5 clear indications of an infestation:

  • Cockroach activity during the day
  • Oily smell around your walls
  • Cockroach droppings
  • Dead Cockroaches
  • Cockroach eggs

Should I Tackle It Myself?

Tackling a bug problem by yourself can be a great deal of work, and many times it’s not a successful fix to the problem. Applying hazardous and toxic chemicals as a means of eliminating bugs is not advised. We suggest taking personal hygiene and cleanliness to the next level if you want to decrease your chance of experiencing cockroaches. Safe sticky traps and gel traps might be a good short-term fix, or a good method to find an entry point or high activity area, however will not be a long-term solution.

If you see any of these signs, or believe you might have a problem for another reason. Put the problem in the hands of an expert. Contact us to address your roach problem and protect your residence.

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