There are many different types of cockroaches out there, here is a little bit of information about the American, Oriental, Brown Banded, German, Smoky Brown and Australian Cockroaches.
- The American Cockroach: The American cockroach is the largest, it can grow to be 2 inches long. A pregnant female can hatch up to 150 offspring per year of life. The American cockroach will eat just about anything, including other insects and plants, but it can live up to 2 weeks without food or water. They are most often found around bathtubs, clothes hampers, sewers and basement corners.
- Oriental Cockroach: Oddly enough, the Oriental cockroach is from Africa not Asia. The Oriental cockroach is darker than other cockroaches and they prefer cooler temperatures. The Oriental cockroach is also known as the waterbug.
- The Brown Banded Cockroach: Brown banded cockroach will hide their eggs in or under furniture. They prefer starchy foods, they will also eat wallpaper paste and book bindings. They have 2 light bands that go across their brown bodies, that is how they get the brown banded name.
- The German Cockroach: The German cockroach is a fairly small cockroach, growing to only about a half an inch long. The German cockroach is the number one roach in the world, they are found most in restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels and nursing homes. These cockroaches prefer infesting the kitchen and bathroom and they are most active at night while you are sound asleep.
- The Smoky Brown Cockroach: This is a larger species, it grows to be approximately 1 1/2 inches long. They are related to the American cockroach, the smoky brown cockroach are dark brown-mahogany in color. In warm weather, these cockroaches tend to live outdoors.
- The Australian Cockroach: The Australian cockroach is similar to the American cockroach but slightly smaller, and it has yellow streaks at its sides near the wing base. This species is common in the southern Untied States and in the tropical areas, but may have originated in Asia.