Cockroach Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from cockroaches by learning techniques for identification and control.

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Albino Cockroaches

Albino Cockroach

American Cockroaches

American Cockroach

Periplaneta americana

Asian Cockroaches

Asian Cockroach

Blattella asahinai

Australian Cockroaches

Australian Cockroach

Periplaneta australasiae

Brown Banded Cockroaches

Brown Banded Cockroach

Supella longipalpa

Cinereous (Lobster) Cockroaches

Lobster Cockroach

Nauphoeta cinerea

Cuban Cockroaches

Cuban Cockroach

Panchlora nivea

Death Head Cockroaches

Death Head Cockroach

Blaberus craniifer

Field Cockroaches

Field Cockroach

Blattella vaga

Florida Woods Cockroaches

Florida Woods Cockroach

Eurycotis floridana

German Cockroaches

German Cockroach

Blattella germanica

Green Cockroaches

Green Cockroach

Panchlora nivea

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Gromphadorhina portentosa

Madeira Cockroaches

Madeira Cockroach

Rhyparobia maderae

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental Cockroach

Blatta orientalis

Pacific Beetle Cockroaches

Pacific Beetle Cockroach

Diploptera punctata

Sand Cockroaches

Sand Cockroach

Sub-family Corydiidae

Smokybrown Cockroaches

Smokybrown Cockroach

Periplaneta fuliginosa

Turkestan Cockroaches

Turkestan Cockroach

Blatta lateralis

Wood Cockroaches

Wood Cockroach

Parcoblatta pensylvanica



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Frequently Asked Questions

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Cockroach Facts

Understanding Cockroach Problems

The more you know about cockroaches, the better you can predict and control their behavior. Here are some quick facts to help you on your way.


Cockroaches belong to Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta and Order Blattaria. Some species invade human dwellings and are considered pests.

Risk of Disease

The pest cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen where food is present.

Environmental Impact

Some cockroaches are beneficial to the environment as important recyclers of decaying organic material.

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Types of Cockroaches

What do cockroaches look like?

Cockroaches can measure over 50 mm (2 in) length, with tropical species tending to be larger than those found in other climates. Cockroaches have six legs, two antennae and some have wings. However, most winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying. Read more about what a cockroach looks like.

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