What Does a Cockroach Look Like?

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.

American Cockroaches

Body Features

Cockroaches have the following body characteristics:

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

German Cockroach

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 Cockroach

American Cockroach

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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If you think you’ve seen a cockroach in your home, learn more about Cockroach Control or our Home Pest Control Plans.