They are also called a “waterbug”, the “Bombay canary”, and the “Palmettobug”. Despite its name, they are not native to North America but were probably introduced via ships from Africa. It is worldwide in distribution. Adults are about 1 3/8-2 1/8” long, they are reddish brown with a pale brown to yellowish band around their head. They are found in residences, commercial buildings, etc. During summer months they can be found outdoors. In the United States they are the most common species found in city sewer systems. They feed on many kinds of foods, but show a particular fondness for fermenting food. Treatments include liquid insecticides and baiting.
This roach is by far the most important and usually the most common of the cockroaches. In addition to being a nuisance, it has been implicated in outbreaks of illness, the transmission of a variety of pathogenic organisms including at least one parasitic protozoan, and allergic reactions in many people. This species has worldwide distribution. Adults are about 1/2-5/8” long and are light brown to tan except for 2 dark, almost parallel stripes behind the head. These cockroaches are brought into the residence or commercial building through a variety of different ways; they do not come from outside like American roaches. They are most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms but will migrate to other rooms. Preparation by the customer is important in the control of German roaches. Treatments include liquid insecticides, insect growth regulators (keeps them from breeding), baits and aerosols.
Smoky Brown Cockroach
This roach gets its name from its shiny brownish black to dark mahogany color. It is common in the southern states. Adults are about 1-1 1/4" long, they are good fliers and attracted to lights. They are common outdoors in the south where they can be found in tree holes, ground cover ivy and vines, mulch and woodpiles. Treatments include liquid insecticides and baiting