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Most Commonly Found Cockroach Species

Cockroaches have been around for more than 300 million years and have developed into many, many different species. There are more than 4,000 cockroach species today, but only four are commonly found in the United States. Those species include German cockroaches, Brown Banded cockroaches, American cockroaches and Oriental cockroaches.

German cockroaches are the most commonly encountered cockroach species. They prefer a warm environment with an abundance of food and water. Some of their favorite spots to hide include behind cabinets, counters, stoves, and inside cupboards, drawers and pantries. To prevent a German cockroach invasion, be sure to reduce clutter and eliminate food and water sources around the home.

The second most encountered cockroach species are Brown Banded roaches. Their habitat tends to be warm with very little moisture. Typically, Brown Banded roaches can be found in the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern regions of the United States. Brown Banded roaches are more common found in bedrooms and living rooms than any of the other cockroach species. Around the home, they can be found in places like refrigerator compressors, in and around gas stoves, and in any electronic device with motors. Like the German roaches, Brown Banded roaches are small, too. Spotting these roaches likely indicates an infestation. Try products like Combat® Source Kill Max for Small Roaches to get rid of these roaches in your home.

One of the larger roaches commonly found in the U.S. is the American cockroach. They also enjoy warmer environments, like the German and Brown Banded roaches; however, this cockroach species needs a moist, humid habitat to thrive. American cockroaches are most likely to be found throughout the Southern regions of the US. These cockroaches like to hide in places like sewers, storm drains, and large institutional buildings – especially in furnace and mechanical rooms. Try to keep your home dry to prevent an invasion of these pests.

Last but not least, US residents might encounter Oriental cockroaches. Like American cockroaches, these roaches are larger in size. They prefer cool, damp locations like temperate tunnels and storm drains. Oriental roaches can be found in the Northwestern, Midwestern, and Southern regions of the United States. They can enter your home through basements and crawl spaces. To prevent an invasion of this cockroach species, try increasing ventilation and sunlight while keeping the shrubs near your home trimmed.

To learn more view our video: Five Ways to Outsmart Roaches or visit our prevention tips page.