American Cockroach vs German Cockroach
If you find cockroaches in your home, you may not initially care what kind they are, but it is important to know what pest you are dealing with. And the most effective treatment methods to get rid of cockroaches in your home or business. The two main types of cockroaches in Arizona are the American Cockroach and the German Cockroach.
The American cockroach which actually came to America on ships from Africa is reddish-brown and have an oval-shaped body with a very distinctive yellow-colored figure eight behind their head. They also have six legs and two sets of wings on their backs.
American cockroaches are the largest roaches that invade homes. Their skin casings and excrement not only has a strong odor and have allergens that can cause asthma. They like to hide in damp places and contaminate food and food prep areas.
The German cockroach which is believed to have originated in Asia is now found all over the world. German cockroaches have an oval body and vary in color from almost black to tan. Like the American cockroach, they also have six legs, two antennae and two sets of wings on their backs but they have two parallel dark stripes behind their head.
German cockroaches also contaminate food and food prep areas. These roaches can also bother asthma and rashes as well as cause food poisoning. They multiply quickly which causes large infestations in a very short period of time.