There are many different species of Cockroaches in the United States.The most common is the German Cockroach which grows an average length of about 1½ inches long. For many, they are considered the number one home pest, which have successfully adapted to almost any human living standard.

Damage From Cockroaches

Cockroaches hide in sheltered, dark places during daylight hours and seek food and water at night. They are very good at avoiding light, often making them undetectable.  Check suspected problem areas at night with a flashlight. Cockroaches prefer to eat starches, sweets, grease and meat products, but also feed on leather, glue, hair, starch in book bindings, flakes of dried skin or decaying organic matter. They can also carry germs that may contaminate food and utensils, resulting in illness. 

Controlling cockroaches usually takes a combination of approaches, including good sanitation, baits and insecticide sprays both indoors and out.

Where Cockroaches are Found Geographically

One variety or another can be found anywhere in the United States.

Related or Similar Pests 

There are many, including German or American Cockroach, Wood Roach,  and Smoky Brown Cockroach


Cultural Controls

  • Keep your home, especially the kitchen, clean and sanitary. Take out the trash regularly.
  • Seal cracks and entry points, especially in windows, doors and foundation.
  • Store all food, including pet food, in sealed containers.
  • Remove cardboard boxes and newspapers from living areas.
  • For additional methods of controlling Cockroaches, contact your local cooperative extension service.