The Difference Between German and American Cockroaches

Cockroaches vary in size and color, so it is difficult to know what type of cockroach you are dealing with. Identifying what kind of cockroach is in your home is the first step in determining the best treatment methods. The two most common cockroaches are German and American ones. Here are some differences between the two and some tips for getting rid of them. 

What is a German Cockroach?

German roaches are one of the most common pest nuisances in residential structures, especially common in multi-unit apartment homes. They thrive in filth but even the cleanest homes can be at risk.

Where You Will Find Them

German cockroaches are brown with two long stripes running down them. They typically range from a half-inch to one inch long. They are usually found in kitchens in secluded areas, like behind appliances and cabinets. They are attracted to warm areas around appliance motors. These cockroaches will invade your home and leave fecal matter and other debris around food and food preparation areas. 

How to Get Rid of Them

Most people treat German cockroaches at home with baits, sprays or aerosol products. However, professional pest control is highly recommended when it comes to these cockroaches, as it is difficult to get rid of them completely. Once they lay eggs in your home, you may be dealing with them for quite a long time, unless you contact a professional. 

What is an American Cockroach?

American cockroaches are also known as palmetto bugs. They thrive in warm, moist places and are always on the hunt for food. They range from one and a half inches to two inches in length and they are known as the largest cockroach in the United States. 

Where You Will Find Them

They tend to live in dark, damp areas such as sewers, storm drains and steam tunnels. They are attracted to crawl spaces, basements and attics, so that is where you will usually find them hiding in your home. 

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Most people use baits and perimeter spray treatments to get rid of these pests. However, just like the German cockroaches, American cockroaches are hard to control without professional help. If you see them in your home, it is best to call a professional pest control company right away. 

Contact B&B Exterminating Company Today!

If you have a pest problem, contact B&B Exterminating Company. We can help you eliminate and manage your pest problems. Our team of experienced pest control professionals know how to get a job done. Give us a call at 904-515-4932. We look forward to working with you!