Cockroach Identification

The first step in controlling household pests is to identify the enemy. What do roaches look like? See the individual roaches below for information on each type of cockroach and to also find a solution on how to exterminate them. Early identification and detection will help you plan your attack and we are here to help you every step of the way with a variety of products designed to kill roaches and control infestation.

Small Roaches

How to exterminate them

The key to exterminating small roaches, like Brown Banded, is to kill the entire roach nest. If you see one roach, you most likely have at least 200 more in your home. If you just spray and kill the individual roaches that you see, you will continue to see roaches scampering around your home looking for food and water, and will most likely begin to see more of them and more frequently as they breed and the nest continues to grow. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Small Roach Baits in common areas where you see roaches and Combat® Source Kill Max Roach Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where roaches might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.

Brown Banded Cockroach Facts
  • Brown banded cockroaches are considered small roaches measuring to about 5/8 of an inch long
  • They received their name from the light yellow bands that are present on the wings of the adult and across the body of the young
  • Brown banded cockroaches feed on household items like books, envelopes, stamps, wallpaper, and draperies
  • They tend to avoid water and are more common in warmer, dryer climates
  • They are reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens
  • Brown banded cockroaches are usually nocturnal, or active primarily at night
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How to exterminate them

The key to exterminating small roaches like German Cockroaches is to kill the entire roach nest. If you see one roach, you most likely have at least 200 more in your home. If you just spray and kill the individual roaches that you see, you will continue to see roaches scampering around your home looking for food and water, and will most likely begin to see more of them and more frequently as they breed and the nest continues to grow. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Small Roach Baits in common areas where you see roaches and Combat® Source Kill Max Roach Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where roaches might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.

German Cockroach Facts
  • German cockroaches are prevalent in houses, apartments, restaurants & hotels and are known for infestations
  • They’re considered small roaches and range from 1/2 of an inch to 5/8 of an inch long
  • They eat sweets, grease, meat and garbage
  • Their lifespan is about 200 days
  • One female can produce up to 100,000 cockroaches in one year, the fastest of any common pest cockroach species
  • Newborn German cockroaches become adults in as little as 36 days
  • They can fit into a crack as thin as a dime
  • Although German cockroaches have fully developed wings, they do not fly
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Large Roaches

How to exterminate them

The key to exterminating large roaches like American cockroaches is to kill the entire roach nest. If you just spray and kill the individual roaches that you see, you will continue to see roaches scampering around your home looking for food and water, and will most likely begin to see more of them and more frequently as they breed and the nest continues to grow. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Large Roach Baits in common areas where you see roaches and Combat® Source Kill Max Roach Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where roaches might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.

Where they live

Sometimes called palmetto bugs or water bugs, American Cockroaches are found throughout the Southern United States. In the Northern United States, they can be found in urban areas in sewers and steam tunnels.

American Cockroach Facts
  • American Cockroaches are more common in warmer climates.
  • They prefer to nest outdoors, yet close buildings and are very common in sewer systems of many American cities.
  • American Cockroaches can fly.
  • They are reddish-brown in color
  • American Cockroaches are considered large roaches and vary from 1.1 to 2 inches in length.
  • They can squeeze into a space no thicker than a quarter.
  • Female American Cockroaches can produce up to 150 offspring per year.
  • They’re very fast runners and can move up to 50 body lengths per second (comparable to a human running 210mph).
  • American Cockroaches are nocturnal and mostly active at night.
  • They will eat just about anything, including paper, hair, cloth and dead insects.
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How to exterminate them

The key to exterminating large roaches like Oriental cockroaches is to kill the entire roach nest. If you just spray and kill the individual roaches that you see, you will continue to see roaches scampering around your home looking for food and water, and will most likely begin to see more of them and more frequently as they breed and the nest continues to grow. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Large Roach Baits in common areas where you see roaches and Combat® Combat Source Kill Max Roach Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where roaches might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.

Oriental Cockroach
  • Oriental cockroaches are considered large roaches and are about 1 inch in length
  • They have a greasy sheen
  • They are known for their strong, unpleasant, “roachy” odor and they actually emit a foul odor due to the numerous bacterial and viral pathogens on their bodies
  • Oriental cockroaches love water
  • They prefer to live outdoors but will go indoors during the summer time
  • Male Oriental cockroaches are small and have wings and females are larger without wings but neither males or females can fly
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