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How to Identify German vs. Oriental Cockroaches

Most people would agree that cockroaches are an unpleasant sight to see. Not only are they unattractive, but they are also unsanitary. Cockroaches can harbor bacteria and carry diseases, making them especially unwelcome indoors. While these pests are usually identified by their thick, leathery exoskeleton, there are actually a few distinct differences between species. German and Oriental cockroaches are two species commonly found in Southern California. Read about how to tell these roaches apart from each other.

German Cockroach

Like other common species, the color of these cockroaches can be anywhere from tan to reddish-brown. However, they can be distinguished from other species by the two dark stripes located at the base of their head. Although they are equipped with two sets of wings, they rarely fly. This species is known for invading homes and crawling their way into food supplies, which can result in food poisoning or other illnesses. They are smaller than other roaches and reproduce quickly, making them problematic to many properties. Keeping spaces clean is one of the simplest ways to keep these pests away.

Oriental Cockroach

The easiest way that Oriental cockroaches can be distinguished from German cockroaches is by looking at their shell. Typically, these roaches have a shiny exoskeleton that is dark brown or black. Some have even described the backs of these insects as being “oily” in appearance. Oriental cockroaches are drawn to water and like to hide in damp, dark areas. These bugs might be found crawling their way into drains and pipes in your home. Outdoor hoses and other water sources are also susceptible to an invasion of these roaches. Like German cockroaches, they have the ability to transmit bacteria that may lead to diarrhea, food poisoning or other digestive issues. Keep an eye out for leaky faucets or other sources of moisture that could attract this species.

Have a Roach Problem?

If you are experiencing a cockroach invasion, it’s a good idea to call a professional. Premium Termite and Pest Control provide high-quality pest control services to homes and businesses across Southern California. We prioritize your health by adhering to EPA Laws and Safety Regulations while keeping up-to-date with the latest pest control techniques. We can help you get rid of cockroaches, termites, rodents, ants, and more. Contact Premium Termite and Pest Control today to set-up an appointment and gain control of your pest problem.

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