Guide to Identifying Cockroaches

November 11, 2022

Cockroaches are common across New Jersey as they thrive in moisture and heat – and on a summer day in New Jersey, these bacteria-loving pests thrive. With this in mind, we have put together a guide to help you identify these pesky pests. 


Cockroach identification


Cockroaches are beetle-like insects that have relatively small heads and flattened broad bodies. They are reddish-brown to dark brown with large, compact eyes and flexible antennae. These strong insects are able to withstand a wide variety of environments and are generalized insects with few adaptations.


Cockroach Hazards


These strong insects breed continuously and are able to saturate areas while spreading infection and disease fully. They carry harmful bacteria, dangerous pathogens, and viruses that can quickly contaminate food and surface areas. They are also known for triggering allergies and asthma, notably in children. These insects are hazardous and in many states, health inspectors are able to quickly shut down any business for just a single cockroach sighting. 


Cockroach Activity

Cockroaches are sneaky pests and can enter businesses and homes through crevices, cracks, windows, sewer and drain pipes, and basements. They can also fly and are commonly brought into homes and offices through infested packaging or cardboard. As they are nocturnal, you will probably only see these creatures as the sun goes down as this is their time to mate and forage. In warmer states, cockroaches are active year-round and may be active throughout the winter in colder climates if they are able to find a warm place to live. 


Cockroach Locations


Cockroaches are found throughout the United States but are more attracted to warm and moist areas. Some areas cockroaches are commonly found include kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, laundry rooms and basements. The specific spots they hide out in include kitchen prep areas, cupboards, cardboard packaging, garbage cans and beneath kitchen appliances such as stoves and microwaves. 


Cockroach Facts

  • Cockroaches pre-date dinosaurs, with fossils dating all the way back to 350 million years ago
  • They cannot survive in temperatures below 15 degrees Fahrenheit
  • They can survive for weeks without a head
  • Cockroaches can eat almost anything including dead roaches, stains on fabric, glue and soap


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