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Cockroaches are found all over the planet and if you live in a city, it is likely that you have seen them in the alleys, among the garbage cans or even running around your business. They are unsanitary scavengers that humans have battled for centuries.
There are so many varieties of cockroach of various sizes, shapes and colors that it can be hard to identify them. If you find insects scurrying around your restaurant kitchen floor, beneath the sink or in the pantry, it is very difficult to identify the pest accurately. How can you tell the difference between a cockroach and a variety of beetle or weevil? What do cockroaches look like?
Cockroaches are six-legged insects and, according to scientists, they have remained pretty much the same as they were back when dinosaurs roamed the planet.
They range in size from about an inch long to some species that can be up to three inches long. The heaviest cockroach can weigh more than 30 grams.
There are a number of insects that are commonly confused with cockroaches. It is important to know exactly what pests are on your property in order to provide the right pest control program and services.
Though similar in shape and color as cockroaches, close examination shows the head and body of ground beetles are differently shaped. Many beetles, such as June bugs, can fly and do so often. Cockroaches rarely fly.
Often confused with cockroaches, they look very similar as they have roughly the same shape and color. However, water bugs are blood-feeding insects and are generally larger than roaches. Water bugs prefer to be around water.
Their size and shape can cause confusion among homeowners. Crickets have differently shaped legs and many species are smaller and darker in color than cockroaches. The back legs allow them to jump high and far.
The best way to make sure that the insects that you find around your business are cockroaches is to call in the highly trained technicians at Rentokil. We are cockroach experts and can identify which insect is infesting your business. We can discuss the proper cockroach control and prevention methods that will work best for your property.
The first step is to schedule a free inspection of your business by calling us at 800-837-5520 or use our online contact form.
There are over 3,000 different types of cockroaches — some are considered pests while others are beneficial in their natural environment.
The three main types of cockroaches commonly found in businesses in the U.S. include the German cockroach, Oriental cockroach and American cockroach.
Find more detailed information below about these common species.
The American cockroach is one of the largest pest cockroaches to invade commercial properties.