Cockroach Identification & Prevention Guide

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are very adaptable insects that live in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor environments. These primitive insects are scavengers and many species prefer to live near people. The size and color of a cockroach vary depending on its species, but most have flattened, oval-shaped bodies with six legs covered in spines, and antennae that are about the same length or longer than their bodies. Some species of cockroaches have fully-developed wings and are capable of flight.

Listed below are three of the most common species of cockroaches living throughout Greater Austin, Texas:

American cockroaches
American cockroaches are the largest species of cockroach to invade homes in the U.S. and grow to between 1/4 and 2-1/8 inches in length. Their bodies are reddish-brown, and they have a yellow figure-eight pattern on their backs.

Brown-banded cockroaches
Brown-banded cockroaches have dark brown bodies with lighter-colored bands. Males have fully developed wings and are capable of flight, but females have underdeveloped wings and are not able to fly.

German cockroaches
German cockroaches are a small, fast-moving species of cockroaches. They have light brown to tan-colored bodies with two horizontal black stripes behind their heads. These cockroaches do not fly, but move very quickly and scatter when disturbed.

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