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Cockroaches

Cockroaches leave behind chemical trails,
which transmit bacteria onto various surfaces.

AMCO’s team of expert technicians are here to help
with professional cockroach pest control services

Cockroaches

Cockroaches leave behind chemical trails,
which transmit bacteria onto various surfaces.

AMCO’s team of expert technicians are here to help
with professional cockroach pest control services.

About Cockroaches

Cockroaches live in a wide range of environments around the world. Pest species adapt readily to a variety of environments, but prefer warm conditions found within buildings. Many tropical species prefer even warmer environments and do not fare well in the average household.

Cockroaches leave chemical trails in their feces, as well as emitting airborne pheromones for swarming and mating. These chemical trails transmit bacteria onto surfaces. Other cockroaches will follow these trails to discover sources of food and water, and also discover where other cockroaches are hiding. If you’re dealing with cockroaches, AMCO provides professional cockroach pest control.

Common Types of Cockroaches

German Cockroaches


German cockroaches are the smallest of the invading roaches. The adults are only about ½ inch long. They are light brown with two dark stripes on its shield. The German cockroach is the most common indoor species, especially in multiple-family dwellings. Whenever we get a phone call regarding a cockroach infestation, the German cockroach is the usual suspect. German cockroaches have proven themselves to be very successful at infesting human structures. They are resilient roaches and don’t give up easily when subjected to pest control activity. A German roach infestation generally requires multiple fronts to bring the infestation under control.

These insects prefer food preparation areas, kitchens, and bathrooms because they favor warm, humid areas that are close to food and water. Severe infestations easily spread to other parts of buildings.

Brown Banded Cockroaches

Brown-banded cockroaches are about the same size as German cockroaches but are not as widespread. Males are golden tan; females are a darker brown. Both have light-colored bands on their abdomens.

They seek out warm areas and favorite locations include near the warm electrical components of appliances. Brown-banded cockroaches prefer starchy food including the glue on stamps and envelopes.

We have also found brown-banded roach infestations in kitchens and hospitals. Females glue light brown egg cases to ceilings, beneath furniture, or in closets or other dark places where eggs incubate for several weeks before hatching.

Oriental Cockroaches

American Cockroaches

The American cockroach prefers warm and humid environments. They are also common in sewers, steam tunnels and masonry storm drains. Occasionally they forage from sewers and other areas into the ground floor of buildings. Adult females carry the egg cases around for about 6 days and then cement them to a protected surface where they incubate.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroaches

The Pennsylvania wood cockroach can be brought inside eastern homes when firewood is brought indoors or when it moves into homes from surrounding wood. Adult males are about 1 inch long and the females only grow to about ¾ inch. Once indoors, they wander around, looking for a food source. They can also be found in rain gutters, under shingles (especially cedar) and in garages. If the home or building is near a wooded area, the Pennsylvania wood cockroach may see a cedar-shingled home as a fallen tree and a new, potential nesting area.

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