cockroaches types and controls

Cockroach, also known as “Roach” is one of the most common problems we face at our homes especially in the kitchens. Here are we going to explain cockroaches, some of their common types and useful cockroaches control that can help you in resolving this “cockroach in kitchen” issue.


Cockroaches exist in almost all parts of the urban world. Cockroach has a flattened body and a shining black or brown leathery integument. Most of the Male cockroaches have two pairs of wings, whereas female cockroaches are usually wingless.

Cockroaches prefer to live in a warm, humid and dark environment. They live in apartments, homes, kitchens, food handling establishments, hospitals and healthcare facilities. Cockroaches consume garbage and rotten food. They then transmit Diseases into food and eating utensils in the kitchen and others surrounding areas.

Cockroaches are harmful

Cockroach in kitchen is one of the most common problems we face in our daily life. Cockroaches can easily contaminate your food by leaving bacteria. Roaches carry bacteria that can result in food poisoning, diarrhea, allergies and skin rashes.

Cockroaches types

Cockroaches have approximately four thousand (4000) living species in the world. However we are going to explain some of the most common types of cockroaches, German cockroaches, American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches and Oriental cockroaches

Kinds of Cockroaches / Cockroaches types

1. American cockroaches

The American cockroach is the largest species of common cockroach. Water bug is another name for American cockroaches. According to the researchers American cockroaches were introduced to the world in early 1600s via ships from America. It’s average length is between 1.4’’ to 1.6’’ in length. They are reddish brown in color with yellow band. Both male and female cockroaches have wings and can fly to short distances. Sometimes or rarely they bite, if they bite someone, it would not be a problem unless it gets infected. They lay eggs in the form of capsules, which are about 8mm long and dark colored and can be seen in basements, kitchens and laundry rooms. However we can adopt and mitigate American cockroach problems through proper pest control measures and cleanliness.

2. Brown-banded cockroaches

The brown banded cockroach is a small type of cockroach, which is about 10 to 14 mm long. It is light brown in color and also has two lights colored bands, near wings and abdomen. Male brown band cockroach’s wings almost cover its abdomen, while female also has wings but do not cover the abdomen completely. The name of this specie is derived from the two prominent bands nymphs and adults. Sometimes it is referred as the ‘’Furniture Cockroach’’ because it is distributed throughout residences, including nonfood environment, such as bedrooms and under the tables. These cockroaches need warm temperature for their own survival; sometimes they enter homes looking for shelter, their shelter become easy when they find infested furniture and others food products. Prolific insecticides are necessary for the proper elimination of brown-banded cockroaches from your homes, kitchens and offices.

3. Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroach is a typical household pest. Its color is shiny black or dark brown and it is 1 to 1.5 inches long. It is similar to American cockroach. The male oriental cockroach has fully developed wings, whereas female has vestigial wings. They prefer to be active at night for searching warm and moist places to find food and shelter. They depend upon decaying plants, rotting garbage and people food. Their life cycle consists of three stages of metamorphosis i.e. eggs, nymph and adult. Their reproduction occurs in a specific season often they lay eggs in spring and summer. We can remove them keeping home clean and sanitized especially in wet season. Oriental cockroaches can cause more problems of health like asthma and allergies.

4. German cockroaches

German cockroaches are one of the most common species and they are 13 to 16 mm long and pale in color having two brown strips behind the head. These insects produce more eggs than any kind of other species. The German cockroach is the most common species around the world. The infestations of German cockroaches have more effects on human life. German cockroaches have wings and they can rarely fly. The population of German cockroaches is in a large number. We can control and get rid from German cockroaches through the practice of good sanitation, furthermore to prevent from German cockroaches we should maintain a clean kitchen and seal to all utility pipes and ventilate spaces.

Useful controls for cockroaches

The best way to get rid of cockroaches is to contact a pest control professional and ask for help. Only a professional team can do the needful job. Besides you may take other measures to minimize the infestation for example close the gaps and entry points of cockroaches using waterproof fillers, caulk and sealants. Gel bait is another effective cockroach killer. Similarly the the Boric acid powder also helps you in killing the cockroaches.


In short Cockroach is potentially dangerous pest, being a great source of spreading bacterial diseases. We must take them seriously and try to take help from professional pest control teams near us. Top Line Pest Control is providing the effective pest control services at affordable prices to people living in Langley, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Vancouver, and Surrey BC. To control and minimize cockroach related infections we must put effective control measures. As they say, Violence is never the answer but sometimes, Like with cockroaches, it is the only possible response.

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