American Cockroaches: Online Guide

No one wants to see a cockroach in their house. Many people associate cockroaches with dirtiness and disease, as they can thrive on dirty floors and counters with leftover food. Cleanliness alone won’t protect you from cockroaches.

If you think you have a cockroach infestation, professional pest control services from Pestech Pest Solutions are the best solution. Contact us today to schedule an inspection.

To learn more about cockroaches, check out our online guide complete with tips to identify and prevent cockroaches in your home.

Guide includes:

  • Cockroach Identification
  • Where Cockroaches Come From
  • Habits of Cockroaches
  • Cockroach Life Cycle
  • Signs of a Cockroach Infestation
  • How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

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Common Signs of Cockroaches

Seeing cockroaches skitter across your kitchen is a jarring experience. Generally, these bugs prefer to stay under the radar. One surefire way to find evidence of an infestation is cockroach droppings. You may also notice eggs or shed skins, though these are harder to distinguish through the naked eye.

Other evidence of cockroaches includes:


Physical Bugs Scattering When You Turn On the Lights
Cockroach Droppings
Eggs or Shells (Shed Skins)
Damage to food containers, such as small holes.
Unexplained smears on the walls or countertops.
A foul, damp odor.

With a cockroach infestation, you’ll notice a very strong musty or sour odor


Cockroach Prevention: Pest Control

Eliminating cockroaches from your home is the best way to treat the problem. To do that effectively, you need to enlist professional assistance. You can’t get rid of cockroaches without the right tools and equipment, and technicians know the best way to find and kill the bugs.

Pestech Pest Solutions offers cockroach control services in New York. We use fumigation for an initial cleanout and then follow up with three weekly services. When you get professional treatment, you can relax knowing that we are handling the problem, and you won’t have to worry about cockroaches any longer.

Cockroach on wooden floor in apartment house

Cockroach Prevention: DIY

The best way to prevent cockroaches is to cut off their food supply by keeping your kitchen neat. Wipe up any crumbs on the countertops and load dishes into the dishwasher right after using them. Limiting eating to the kitchen or dining room also reduces the crumbs spread throughout the house.

Put all pantry items stored in cardboard boxes into plastic containers, so cockroaches can’t chew through the cardboard. Empty the trash can regularly to prevent food from sitting in it and attracting bugs. You can also seal any entry points where the bugs may get into your home. Don’t leave paper or cardboard on counters that cockroaches can use for shelter.

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Types of Cockroaches

Cockroach Identification

The Brownbanded cockroach may also be common in Northeastern homes. Individuals can be widely distributed throughout a building, particularly in high areas, hiding behind pictures and clocks, beneath furniture, among books and in other drier areas not normally infested by German cockroaches. They seek areas that are warm most of the time including appliances such as radios, televisions and refrigerators. The brownbanded cockroach prefers warmer temperatures (greater than 80° F) than the German cockroach. The two species are rarely found together.

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The German cockroach is the most common indoor cockroach species in the Northeast. It generally inhabits kitchens and bathrooms where they are found near plumbing fixtures, in cracks or crevices in cupboards, under drawers and kitchen sinks, and similar locations. These cockroaches often cluster together in favorable hiding areas.

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The American cockroach is occasionally found in homes, although it is more common in restaurants, grocery stores, and bakeries and other sites where food is prepared. It favors very warm, moist places (temperatures in excess of 82° F). An American cockroach has a fondness for fermenting foods, e.g. bread soaked with beer. Their foraging is confined mostly to the basement and ground floor of a building unless suitable conditions exist in higher locations. Sewers and drain lines may help this pest invade new areas.

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The Oriental cockroach prefers dark, damp places. Often called a water bug, it is commonly found in damp basements, cellars, crawl spaces, and sewers. It may also be found near drains, leaky water pipes and under refrigerators, sinks, washing machines, and floors.

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The Pennsylvania wood cockroach lives in wooded areas in rotting logs and under loose bark. It can accidentally invade homes, cabins, cottages, and other buildings in or near wooded areas. This cockroach is not a persistent household pest and it doesn’t reproduce indoors. Because of its association with wood, a Pennsylvania wood cockroach can be brought indoors on firewood. It may enter buildings if suitable harborage (trees and logs) is close to open doors and windows.

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Health Risks

Unfortunately, these unsightly bugs are not only a nuisance, they can also cause:

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