Found throughout the world; commonly found in restaurants, kitchens and stores where food and moisture are abundant; contaminate food, leave stains, create foul odors and carry disease organisms.
Smokey Brown Cockroach
The Smokey Brown Cockroach is commonly mistaken for waterbugs. They are typically reddish to brownish black and very shiny. They can fly short distances and are attracted to lights at night; have the reputation of being difficult to control because it is so active and have many habitat preferences. They rarely infest the dwelling part of buildings, and are instead found in sheds, wall and roof spaces, sub-floors, mulched areas, and in and around grease traps and drains.
American CockroachAlso known as black beetles; more sluggish than other species.. These cockroaches are common in basements, crawl spaces, cracks and crevices of porches, foundations, and walkways adjacent to buildings. They feed on a wide variety of plant and animal material. The Oriental cockroach breeds well in unventilated crawl spaces or basements where humidity is high.
Also mistaken for a water bug, the largest house-infesting species, about one and one-half inches long; reddish-brown wings with light markings on thorax.
Brown Banded Cockroach
Easily recognized by alternating light and dark bands across its back; doesn't multiply as fast as the German, but it is considered harder to control; often found high on walls in picture frames, behind molding, near appliance motors, in light switches, closets and furniture.