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North American Cockroaches

The cockroach - in almost any form - is a major pest the world over.


Widely regarded as pests around the globe, the cockroach is a resilient and ever-present species of insect. Currently, cockroaches are categorized across no fewer than 4,000 species of which roughly 70 of these are recognized in North America. Cockroaches make their homes in nearly any protected area - including residential homes and outdoor debris piles - and maintain a more active level during low-light and night time hours. As typical insects, they manage three pairs of legs (totaling six legs in all) and, depending on the species, wings (forewings and hindwings) may be present. Antenna allow Cockroaches to sense food and water sources as well as potential dangers. Their multi-legged nature makes them very fast runners on nearly any surface (including walls) and their bodies are flexible enough to fit into the most narrow of crevices. As they require viable food and water sources and generally comfortable temperatures, Cockroaches unfortunately favor the same conditions as humans - which would explain their near proximity to us in daily life.

There are a total of 4 North American Cockroaches in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.

American Cockroach
Identifying Colors: brown; red; yellow
The American Cockroach is actually not native to the United States. Instead it originates from Africa. It was transplanted t...
Cuban Cockroach
Identifying Colors: green; yellow
The Cuban Cockroach originated from Cuba and the Caribbean islands. They prefer living outdoors in humid and hot air, but th...
German Cockroach
Identifying Colors: brown; black
Smaller than American and Oriental cockroaches, German cockroaches are notorious household and industrial pests. Infesting ho...
Western Wood Cockroach
Identifying Colors: brown
This species of cockroach prefer to live in the open wilderness. They can be found in woods, grasslands, dried-up riverbanks...

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