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Cockroaches are one of the most common insects on earth. There are 55 species in the United States. Their size varies greatly. They prefer moist, warm environments, like to live in cracks and crevices, and are mainly active at night.

Roaches pose a variety of health problems including producing a foul odor which can be transferred to foods, transmitting gastrointestinal diseases (food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea) and causing allergies with their cast exoskeleton.

Adaptability plus their rate of reproduction are responsible for their potential survival. To control insects, it is necessary to understand their way of life, including their biology and behavior.

American Roaches

American Roaches (also known as Water Bugs and Palmetto Bugs) are the largest common species, measuring up to 1 1/2" long. They are reddish-brown with a pale or yellowish border on their upper back. Both male and female have fully developed wings. It is common for American Roaches to fly or glide into dwellings.

German Roaches

German Roaches are pale to medium brown, with two dark stripes down their back. Adults measure 1/2" to 5/8" long. Their young are smaller, wingless and have a light stripe down the middle of their backs. German Roaches are "hitchhikers" and find their way into your home via boxes, fresh vegetables or other packages. They prefer to live near a source of food and water, such as the kitchen and bathrooms, but will spread to other areas when overpopulated.

Due to their large number of eggs per capsule, high reproductive potential, and increased possibility of pesticide resistance, the German Roach is the most common urban pest and account for the majority of "roach infested" homes.

At Perimeter Pest Management, we pride ourselves in understanding roaches, knowing where they live and how to effectively control them.

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Six life stages of the American Roach

Eight life stages of the German Roach

German Roach egg casing and droppings.

German Roaches and droppings behind a refrigerator.