Although the song “La Cucaracha” may be fun and catchy, there is nothing particularly fun about spotting a cockroach. These cold-blooded insects have been around since the dinosaur age, so there is no getting rid of them anytime soon.

American Cockroaches

Where do they live?

American Cockroaches prefer to live in dark, damp areas like sewers, drains, pipes, and basements. They are common all over the United States and can be found in homes, commercial buildings, restaurants, and more.

What do they eat?

These cockroaches are omnivores, meaning they can eat both plants and animals. They prefer to eat leaves, wood chips, fungi, and small insects. They can often be found searching for food under appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers. They can eat sweets like sugar and candies and starchy items like glue and wallpaper.

German Cockroaches

Where do they live?

German cockroaches are characterized by their unique shape compared to other species of cockroach. Although these cockroaches are called German, they live nearly everywhere in the world! This type of cockroach is actually most common in the United States, and they prefer dark and damp environments where food and water are readily available.

What do they eat?

These cockroaches prefer to consume sweet foods. Water is a very important resource for German Cockroaches because they will dehydrate if they are not around humid environments for over two weeks.

Brown Banded Cockroaches

Where do they live?

Brown-Banded Cockroaches get their name from the two light brown bands that lie across the top of their bodies. They like to live in warmer environments that are on the dry side. Unlike other cockroaches, these cockroaches prefer a dry climate and avoid damp areas that attract other species of cockroaches.

What do they eat?

Brown-Banded Cockroaches tend to eat starchy food items like glue and book bindings.

Oriental Cockroaches

Where do they live?

Oriental Cockroaches prefer cool and damp locations so they are often found in basements and other dark rooms in the home.

What do they eat?

What don’t they eat? Oriental Cockroaches feed on all kinds of discarded trash but tend to prefer to forage for food in open cans