Cockroaches have been known to be around since the time of dinosaurs and before. They, unlike the other prehistoric pests, are still here.
The 3 types of cockroaches most commonly seen are:
German Cockroaches are approximately 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long and are light brown to tan, usually with two almost parallel dark strips on their shield. The female is darker than the male, with a broader abdomen. Oriental Cockroaches tend to be about an inch long and the females are about 1 ¼ inch long. They are usually shiny black, but sometimes they vary and can be dark reddish brown.
American Cockroaches often referred to as “waterbugs” or “palmetto bugs”, American cockroaches are oval in shape, with long and threadlike antennae. Approximately 2 inches in length, they are normally reddish brown in color, except for a pale brown figure eight on the back of the head.
What Kind Of Threat Do Cockroaches Pose? Cockroaches are known to spread many kinds of pathogens that are dangerous to humans, as well as different types of bacteria and parasitic worms. There are recent medical studies that have indicated that cockroach allergens can cause allergic reactions as well as cause asthma in children.