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Pest Control Birmingham AL – Identifying Different Species of Cockroaches

Pest Control Birmingham ALDid you know there are over 4,000 different living species of cockroaches living in the world? While there are only around 70 species in the United States, only a small number of them occupy commercial or residential properties. Here’s what to look for before calling for pest control services.

Pest Control Birmingham AL – Traits of Cockroach Species


The American, Brownbanded, German, and Oriental cockroaches are the species most likely move indoors. Here’s how to tell them apart.

  • Brownbanded cockroaches tend to be the smallest and only grow to about 1/2” in length.
  • German cockroaches are a tad bigger and grow to 1/2’’ to 5/8” in length.
  • Oriental cockroaches grow to be about 1” long.
  • American cockroaches are the largest and are around 2” in length.


While almost all cockroaches have an oval shape, their colors do vary and make it much easier to distinguish between them.

  • Brownbandeds are brown and have a distinct banding over their wings.
  • Germans have tan or light brown bodies accompanied by a pair of dark stripes.
  • Orientals are shiny and black.
  • Americans have a reddish brown color and a figure 8 pattern on the back of their heads in a yellowish color.

Their Habits

Just like people roaches are creatures of habits, which also makes it easier to identify them.

  • Brownbanded prefer warm (over 80F) and dry places, such as the top cabinets in your bathroom and kitchen.
  • Germans also prefer warm, dry places, such as the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Orientals like to be closer to nature and often reside outdoors in crawl spaces, as well as under porches, stones, leaves, and other debris.
  • Americans are drawn to large commercial buildings including grocery stores, hospitals, food processing plants, and restaurants. They also may congregate in alleys, basements, and yards.

Do You Have an Infestation?

If you notice cockroaches in your home or business, it is important to contract a pest control service provider so they can start a treatment plan that will eradicate them.

If you’re looking for a termite control in Birmingham AL or the surrounding areas, talk to one of our professionals today to find out how Horizons can create a custom solution for your home or business.

Give us a call at (205) 970-0577.

Our solutions are catered to your particular needs, and the safety of your family is always our number one priority.