Cockroaches are a common pest often found here in Florida. They can live for up to a month without food and tend to be nocturnal. Unfortunately, if you happen to see a cockroach in your home during the day, it’s highly likely that you have an infestation in your home. This is where roach pest control in Orlando will come in handy. Despite most cockroaches looking the same, there are many different species, so let’s have a look at the most common ones in Florida.
Different Types of Roaches
The American cockroach, or Periplaneta Americana, is one of the most common species found in many cities in the United States. They are known to be some of the largest house-infesting cockroaches.
The American cockroach can be spotted by its dark brown or reddish color, and they often grow to be longer than 3 inches. These cockroaches were originally native to Africa and the Middle East but were brought over to the United States on ships hundreds of years ago.
The German cockroach, or Blattella Germanica, originated from Southeast China and tends to be sensitive to the cold. Female German cockroaches tend to be a darker brown, while males are tan or pale brown. You will often find them indoors, and they tend to come out at night to search for food and water.
The Australian cockroach, or Periplaneta Australasiae, tends to have an overall brownish color but also has a yellowish or pale head shield with black spots. These roaches originated in Africa, but they often travel all over the world through shipping or commerce. Unlike many other cockroaches, both sexes of the Australian cockroach can fly.
The Asian cockroach, or Blattella Asahinai, is smaller than other common types of cockroaches. This species tends to look similar to the German cockroach, except that it has longer wings and tends to be strong flyers that are attracted to light. They prefer to live outdoors in shaded areas, mainly in tropical or subtropical climates.
The Oriental cockroach, or Blatta Orientalis, is known for its shiny dark reddish-brown or blackish-brown color. These cockroaches tend to be referred to as waterbugs or black beetles. They prefer dark and moist places and are known to be sluggish, flightless, and poor climbers. Well known for being a major household pest, they can create strong smells in your home.
If you spot a cockroach with olive green or dark brown wings and a shiny shield-shaped head, it could very well be the Surinam cockroach or Pycnoscelus Surinamensis. These burrowing roaches can cause damage to and destroy plants by eating them. Due to their love of eating plants, these cockroaches are often found in greenhouses, which got them their nickname ‘Greenhouse Cockroaches’.
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach
If you often bring in firewood from outside, keep a lookout for the Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach, or Parcoblatta Pensylvanica. They can often be found in timbered-covered areas, lower branches of oak trees and elm trees, or on tree trunks. Often hitchhiking on firewood that you may bring in from outside, this cockroach knows just how to make its way into your home! Both males and females of this cockroach species are dark brown in color and take note that the males have more fully developed wings, while females have shorter wings.
Smoky Brown Cockroach
The Smoky Brown Cockroach, or Periplaneta Fuliginosa, has a smoky brown color. They are strong fliers that look for protection from the elements in moist, warm spots. They eat a variety of organic or decaying matter and cannot stand cooler temperatures, so they will come indoors during colder weather.
Call Drake Pest for Roach Pest Control in Florida
There are many different types of cockroaches, and they all come in varying sizes and characteristics. Ultimately, all cockroaches are irksome pests that you certainly don’t want in your home. If you neglect the problem, they can quickly breed, contaminate your food and belongings and eventually cause health issues. Call us today, and let us help you eliminate your roach infestation with our effective and safe pest control methods.