5 Common Types of Cockroaches

The Top 5 You’ll Find in NE United States


Types of Cockroaches

There are approximately 3,500 cockroach species known worldwide. Fortunately, for those of us in the northeastern United States, we only see about five types of cockroaches. Unfortunately for us, however, cockroaches are one of the most common household pests. Do you know which invaded your home?

Types of Cockroaches

  • German Cockroaches: German cockroaches are approximately 1/2″ to 5/8″ long. They have wings but rarely fly as they prefer to run. They have oval-shaped bodies with six legs.
  • Oriental Cockroach: This type of cockroach ranges from 1″ to 1-1/4″ in length—nearly double a German cockroach! They are dark brown to reddish-brown. The males have wings but are unable to fly.
  • American Cockroach: You won’t miss an American cockroach! Growing 1-1/2″ to 2″ in length, this is one big bug. They have reddish-brown wings and figure-eight markings on their thoraxes.
  • Smokybrown cockroach: This cockroach grows to be 1-1/2″ in length. They are a dark mahogany brown color.
  • Brown-banded cockroach: These light brown cockroaches grow to be approximately 1/2″ in length and have fully developed wings. As the name suggests, they have two distinctive brown bands along their wings and abdomens.

Shared Characteristics

Just because they have their differences doesn’t mean they aren’t similar! Here are just a few characteristics they share:

  • They aren’t just a nuisance pest. They can cause severe allergy symptoms and may spread bacteria like salmonella.
  • They are likely in your house to find food, like yours that is improperly stored or your pet’s food.
  • They are nocturnal and excellent hiders.

Cockroaches Are No Match for Green Pest Solutions.

There’s an old saying that goes “for every cockroach you see, there are 100 more you don’t.” Quite a scary quote for people who find one but very possible because a female German cockroach can lay up to 40 eggs at a time, multiple times in her life. With an incubation rate of 28 days, you don’t want to delay if you see a cockroach! Call Green Pest Solutions today for help preventing or addressing a cockroach infestation.