Cockroach Appearance & Identification
Cockroaches have flattened bodies that grow between 1/2 and 2 inches long depending on the species.
They appear light tan to dark reddish-brown in color and often have distinguishing patterns on their bodies.
Cockroaches have the following body characteristics:
- Long antennae
- Chewing mouthparts
- Pronotum – A shield-shaped structure that extends from the top of the thorax to their heads.
- Six legs
- Wings – Though most species have fully developed wings, cockroaches either rarely fly or cannot fly at all.
Characteristics by Species
Four species of cockroaches regularly occur in our service area:
While they all share the same general body structures, these species differ slightly in size and coloration. On average, female cockroaches are larger than males of the same species.
Brownbanded & German Cockroaches
Brownbanded and German cockroaches tend to be the smallest species, with adults rarely exceeding half an inch in length. Brownbanded cockroaches also have identifying horizontal yellow bands along their bodies.
American cockroaches are the largest and can grow as long as 2 inches. The various cockroach species also have distinctive color patterns that help with differentiation.
View an image gallery of different cockroaches.
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