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About CockroachesAbout Cockroaches

INTRODUCTION: The German cockroach is the most common of the cockroaches. In addition to being a nuisance, it has been implicated in outbreaks of illness, the transmission of a variety of pathogenic organisms and allergic reactions in many people. This species has worldwide distribution.

RECOGNITION: Adults about 1/2″ to 5/8″ long, color light brown to tan. Female darker than male, abdomen broader. Rarely glide or “fly.”

SIMILAR GROUPS: (Adults only).

  1. Asian cockroach with almost identical color pattern, attracted to lights, flies readily, breeds outdoors in leaf litter, presently known only from Florida, identification should be confirmed by an expert.
  2. Brownbanded cockroach and Pennsylvania wood cockroach lack two dark longitudinal stripes on pronotal shield.
  3. Field cockroach with a median dark line between eyes on front of head.
  4. Other cockroaches are either smaller or larger, lack characteristic pronotal stripes and/or are not associated with structures.

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