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What is the Difference Between Oriental and German Cockroaches?

Cockroaches can put your health at risk, and different types of roaches bring different kinds of health threats. Also, each and every cockroach has its own effective method of getting rid of it. It’s important that you know what type of roach it is so that you’re aware of the health risks and understand the most effective way to eliminate these pests. 

Keep reading to learn about two of the most common roaches and the differences between them.

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental roaches are often referred to as water bugs and hide in damp, dark areas. They move in a sluggish manner and are about one inch in size. Males have wings that cover about ¾ of their abdomen while females don’t have wings at all. Neither of them can fly. They have shiny bodies and are either black in color or reddish-brown. 

They’re drawn in by wet or moist conditions and find their way through cracks of walls or up drains and pipes. Oriental roaches can survive through long periods of freezing weather, and you’ll often find them in the basement or trapped in your bathtub or sink. They feed on decaying matter, feces and garbage. They transmit certain illnesses such as dysentery, diarrhea and food poisoning.

They can contaminate anything just by walking on it. This makes them more dangerous than other types of cockroaches.

German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are the most common roaches found in the U.S. but are generally found all over the world. They are light-brown or tan in color with two black stripes down their backs. These roaches are tiny, with wide oval-shaped bodies and six legs in total. They enjoy warm moist places and crawl all over walls and ceilings. Though they have wings, they don’t fly.

You may find these roaches in your kitchen or bathroom. They feed on just about anything they can find and spread diseases by contaminating food, utensils and cooking surfaces. They leave behind feces, saliva and body parts that can trigger allergies and asthmatic symptoms. German roaches can cause rashes and certain illnesses like food poisoning. 

All of this makes the spread of German roaches nearly impossible to control without the help of a pest control professional. 


If your home has become infested with either of these cockroaches or any other kind, then do not hesitate to give our professionals a call. If you need help in identifying which type of cockroach you’re dealing with, then Premium Termite Pest Control is at your service! Contact us for any pest-related situations. 

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