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Cockroaches are one example. There are over 4,000 species of roaches worldwide, with about 70 being found in the United States. Only a small number of these cockroaches live in commercial and residential properties. The most common are Americans. brown-banded. German. Oriental.
Learn the habits of cockroaches.
Cockroaches are known to enter homes looking for food and water. However, each species has its own preferred hiding places. German cockroaches love warm and humid environments. They can be found in kitchens and bathrooms. American cockroaches are more common in commercial buildings, such as restaurants and grocery stores. They are known to infest food storage areas and food preparation areas as well as basements and yards, and alleyways.
Other species of cockroaches, such as the oriental cockroach, can also survive outdoors. They can be found under leaves, stones, debris, and porches. They prefer to hide in crawl spaces and basements, as well as around utility pipes. Brown-banded Cockroaches prefer to live in dry areas and are more comfortable living in warmer climates than 80 degrees. They are more likely to be found in bathrooms and kitchen cabinets at higher elevations than other cockroach species.
Take note of the size of the cockroach
The largest cockroach in the world is 6 inches long and has a 1-foot wingspan. However, it lives only in South America. The size range of cockroaches in the United States is typically between 1/2″ and 2″.
Brown-banded cockroaches, the smallest common roaches, only reach 1/2 inch in length. This is about the same size as a penny. German cockroaches can grow to be slightly larger than brown-banded ones and range in size from 1/2″ to 5/8″. Oriental cockroaches are slightly larger, measuring approximately 1″. American cockroaches are among the most destructive roaches. They can reach up to 2 inches in length.
You should look for different colors on the body of the roach
Although most cockroaches have an oval shape, they can be distinguished from each other by their slightly different body colors. American cockroaches, for example, are reddish-brown with a yellowish figure-8 design on their backs. Brown-banded cockroaches, however, are brown with prominent banding across their wings. German cockroaches in Maryland are light brown or tan in color with two dark stripes. Oriental roaches are shiny, black.
In the case of an infestation
Get in touch with a licensed pest expert. They can help you assess the situation and determine the species. Find a pest expert near you Maryland.