Cockroach Identification & Information
Color: Reddish-brown, with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head Size: .5-2” depending on the life cycle they are in. Feeding & Habits: favors dark sites with high humidity, sewers, steam tunnels, boiler rooms, and basements, especially around pipes and drains. All stages require harborage sites where they hide during the day, coming out to forage for food and water at night. They are scavengers that feed on decaying organic matter and a variety of other foods. They are particularly fond of fermenting foods.
Brown Banded cockroaches
Color: light brown to glossy dark brown, male's wings cover the abdomen, whereas the female's wings are short, exposing the abdomen. Size: about 5/8-inch long Feeding & Habits: These insects feed on starch materials (book sizing and wallpaper paste) and even nonfood materials such as nylon stockings. They prefer to hide in warm, elevated areas near the ceiling, behind wall decorations, pictures, loose wallpaper, in shower stalls, underneath chairs and tables, in closets, beneath or inside upholstered furniture, and in electrical appliances such as TV sets, stereos, radios, and toasters.
German cockroaches (most common)
Color: light tan to medium brown except for the shield behind the head marked with two dark stripes (separated by a lighter stripe) Size: Adults are about 1/2 to 5/8-inch long and have wings, but rarely fly Feeding & Habits: They eat food of all kinds and may hitchhike into the home on egg cartons, soft drink cartons, sacks of potatoes or onions, used furniture, beer cases, etc. During the day, these roaches may be found hiding, clustered behind baseboard molding, in cracks around cabinets, closets or pantries, and in and under stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers. If clusters of roaches are seen during the day, the population is large. They can contaminate food with certain bacterial diseases that result in food poisoning, dysentery, or diarrhea.
Color: Both male and female adults are very dark brown, nearly black; their bodies usually have a somewhat greasy sheen Size: about one inch in length Feeding & Habits: prefer dark, moist areas such as under porches, sewers, drains, crawl spaces, dark, damp basements, and floor drains.
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