There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches in the world. The United States is home to 55 of those and only around 5 are found in Pennsylvania. Cockroaches are a common household pest and can spread allergens that affect people with asthma. Like most insects, they are nocturnal. They are also quick breeders—they can infest a house or building quickly if left unchecked. The average incubation rate for cockroaches is only 28 days. If you spot a cockroach of any kind in your home or business, do not delay. Call a pest control specialist—like the ones at Wildlife Enterprises, LLC—immediately.

An American cockroach on a white background
American Cockroaches
AppearanceAmerican cockroaches have reddish-brown wings and a figure-8 marking on the thorax.
Length1.5” to 2”
Where You Can Find Them InsideAmerican cockroaches prefer areas that are damp and dark. You can typically find them around basements and sewers.
Food SourcesMilk and fruit, along with cosmetics, soap, book bindings, and wallpaper paste
Extra FactsAmerican cockroaches are known to give off a musty smell. This is their pheromones. They are also called water bugs or palmetto bugs. American cockroaches leave behind droppings that are sometimes mistaken for mouse droppings.
Brown-banded Cockroaches
AppearanceBrown-banded cockroaches are light brown with two distinctive bands along the wings and abdomen.
LengthApproximately 1/2”
Where You Can Find Them InsideBrown-banded cockroaches prefer warmer, drier locations. They may be found in kitchens, bedrooms, living areas, and sometimes in bathrooms.
Food SourcesThey prefer foods that are high in starch, like book bindings, stamps, and wallpaper glue. They will, however, eat any food products they can find.
Extra FactsBrown-banded cockroaches can live for over 200 days. Within that time frame, they can reproduce very quickly. Unlike other roaches, brown-banded cockroaches tend to prefer higher places. They may hang out on bookshelves and behind picture frames on the wall. Brown-banded cockroaches are some of the most prolific breeders among cockroach species.
German Cockroaches
AppearanceGerman cockroaches have an oval-shaped body with six legs. They do have wings but they prefer to run.
Length1/2” to 5/8”
Where You Can Find Them InsideGerman cockroaches are primarily found in kitchens and bathrooms.
Food SourcesHuman and pet food, fruit, leather, book bindings, and even the dead bodies and droppings of other cockroaches
Extra FactsGerman cockroaches will cluster together and may leave brown spotting behind. They are one of the most prevalent indoor species of cockroach. Females will carry their eggs with them until the eggs hatch. They typically stay hidden during this time.
Oriental Cockroaches
AppearanceOriental cockroaches range in color from a reddish-brown to a dark brown. The males have wings but they do not fly.
Length1” to 1-1/4”
Where You Can Find Them InsideOriental cockroaches prefer cool, damp places. You’ll mostly to find them in basements.
Food SourcesGarbage scraps and rotting food
Extra FactsOriental cockroaches are slower than other types of roaches. They are sometimes called black beetles or water bugs.


Cockroaches are more than nuisance pests. They have been known to spread bacteria like salmonella and diseases like dysentery, E.coli, and staphylococcus. They can create food safety issues by contaminating food and food preparation surfaces. Cockroaches also known to lower air quality, especially for people with asthma.


To prevent a cockroach infestation, keep your home or building clean. Clean food crumbs and keep stored food in airtight containers. Clean and empty your trash on a regular basis. You should also seal entry points around doors, windows, and pipes. Fix any leaks and remove any excess moisture. If you see a cockroach, contact a pest control service as soon as possible.

Wildlife Enterprises, LLC can help you manage cockroaches.

Cockroaches are germy bugs and they can breed quickly. Don’t let your home become invaded by them. Call Wildlife Enterprises, LLC and we’ll help you rid your home of cockroaches. We can also help you create strategies to prevent cockroaches from returning. Call us today to get started.