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German VS American Cockroaches in Coral Springs, FL; Identification, Habitats, Infestations & More

Throughout Southeast Florida, there a few species of cockroaches found; though German and American roaches are the most common. Cockroaches are unsanitary, grotesque pests that quickly infest homes and business. Today, we at Southeast Florida Pest Control would like to discuss American Cockroaches versus German Cockroaches.

German Cockroaches

German roaches are tan to light brown in color and feature two dark parallel lines running from the back of the head to the wings. These cockroaches are flightless though they have fully developed wings. German cockroaches are the most common cockroach species as they are a widely distributed urban pest as they infest hotels, restaurants, and other businesses, houses, apartments, and other homes.

American Cockroaches

These roaches average 1 ½” – 2” in length being one of the largest cockroaches in the country. These cockroaches’ primary color varies from shades of mahogany, reddish brown, and brown. No matter the primary color, they have a yellowish band marking just behind their head. By adulthood, cockroaches will develop full functioning wings, and though they can fly, they are clumsy and awkward. American roaches prefer to run and being one of the fastest animals around they are clocked at 3 miles per hour, which would be the equivalent of a person running 210 miles per hour.

German VS American Roach Infestation

Cockroach Appearance: As mentioned their coloring, German roaches are identified by their tan coloring and dark, parallel lines running from their heads to the ends of their wings. On the other hand, the American cockroach has a thorax edged in faded yellow and are usually reddish-brown.
Location of Cockroaches: German cockroaches typically congregate in kitchens and bathrooms whereas American cockroaches are likely to be found in basements, crawl spaces and around or inside drains, though both roaches prefer warmth and moisture.
Cockroach Size: American cockroaches measure about 1 ½ – 2 inches in length and are the biggest home-invading species. Only averaging about half an inch long, German cockroaches tend to be much smaller.
Frequency of Roach Infestation: An infestation is more likely to be the result of German cockroaches rather than American cockroaches since the German species is the most common of the two.

Similarities Between German & American Cockroaches

Though there are different characteristics and attributes that make each cockroach species different, there are some that make them similar. They collect plenty of bacteria on their bodies since both pests will spend time in drains, sewers, and other unsanitary places. Simply by walking on a surface, German and American cockroaches can transfer germs to them. Both of these roaches’ body fluids also produce a faint odor. The smell can become overwhelming should a large number of the pests are present. They also contaminate pantry items and potentially pass diseases to humans as the feed. Additionally, these roaches are also known to trigger asthma attacks and allergy symptoms.

Cockroach Control

No matter if your business or home becomes infested with any of the roaches in the area, or you want preventative maintenance to keep them out of your home or business, Southeast Florida Pest Control is readily available with high-quality cockroach control services. Contact us for all your pest control needs.

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