How to Identify a Cockroach

How to Identify a Cockroach

The last thing anyone wants in their home is a cockroach infestation. Cockroaches are some of the most primitive creatures on earth and are extremely durable, allegedly able to survive a nuclear explosion. 

You can go a long time without seeing any sign of cockroaches in your home, even if they’re there. Cockroaches avoid motion or activity and typically come out at night. You’re more likely to find their molted skin before you see a live cockroach, and they can lay eggs and be in your home for months before detection. 

Here’s a list of tips to help you identify cockroaches.

How Can You Identify A Cockroach

If you’re bold enough to check, cockroaches can be identified most easily by their distinctive bodies. They are small, wide and brown with dark lines on their heads and wings. They have six legs and wings. Some cockroaches are able to fly when they are still young, but fully adult cockroaches do not have the ability to fly despite their wings. 

Cockroaches live in groups, so if you see one, you can be almost 100% sure that there are more hiding nearby.

What Can be Mistaken for Cockroaches?

A common mix-up with identifying cockroaches are water bugs. Due to similar body shapes and sizes, many people with a water bug infestation think they have cockroaches. 

Beetles are another insect often mistaken for cockroaches. Depending on the beetle, it can be a different hazard to your home. 

What Attracts Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are attracted to many things, but one of the most common are messy homes. Cockroaches are drawn to exposed food or crumbs on the floor. This is more common for pet owners where pets knock over their food all the time. 

Excess moisture is also a big attraction for cockroaches. Damp basements or areas with high humidity can draw them in. 

What Prevents Cockroaches? 

There are a few different things you can do to prevent cockroaches from invading your home. Take time to sweep and mop frequently, and put up your leftovers and wash your dishes regularly. 

Inspect your home for entry points that cockroaches can enter through. Most cockroach attractions are in the kitchen, so it’s usually the best place to start your inspection. The next best place to check would be your bathrooms as cockroaches can come up through drains if you have an exposed pipe outside your home.
Identifying a cockroach in your home can drastically change what type of services you need. For more helpful hints on identifying pests, read the B&B Exterminating blogs. Visit our website to know if you’re in our service area and for all other inquiries feel free to contact us.