WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Cockroaches prefer tight spaces, they are most secure when their front and back are touching something.
German Cockroach – About ½ inch long, tan with two dark stripes running lengthwise on the head, common in kitchens and bathrooms, high reproductive potential; 4-8 egg capsules (30-40 eggs per capsule) per female carried by female until eggs are ready to hatch. The majority of complaints involve this cockroach
American Cockroach – Largest at 1 ½ inch, is reddish-brown; margins of the head are lighter, prefers to live in warm, moist areas. Female produces 12 to 24 eggs capsules (14-16 eggs per capsule) which are dropped in out-of-the-way places.
Oriental Cockroach – About an inch, long and has a shiny black or very dark brown color, the female has very small wings; males’ wings cover about ¾ of the abdomen, found in damp places, may live outdoors during summer months. Female produces 8 egg capsules (16 eggs per capsule) that are placed in protected locations.
Brownbanded Cockroach – Adults are ½ to ¾ inches long, brown with two lighter bands across the base of the wings and abdomen. May infest an entire building and are less confined than other cockroaches to areas of food and water. Most commonly found in harbourages above floor level. Female may produce 14 egg cases (13-18 eggs per case).
Unfortunately, the only way to control a cockroach problem is to institute an Integrated Pest Management Program by a professional.