There are nearly 70 different cockroach species found in the United States. Some species invade human dwellings and are considered pests. Below are the species most commonly found to infest your home.
Cockroaches, also known as roaches, are generally medium to large sized insects. They can measure over 2 inches length, with tropical species tending to be larger. They have six spiny legs and two long antennae. Some species have wings however most winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying. The pest cockroaches can spread various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen, where food is present. Others species of cockroaches are beneficial to the environment as important recyclers of decaying organic material, dead or dying plants and animals.
Over 4,000 species exist worldwide, with one species or another either creeping around in your basement, flying right at you, dropping on you from trees and ceilings in the dark of night or others scattering in throngs of thousands, when caught invading your kitchen, cockroaches are one of our most terrifying pests.
With Halloween just around the corner, its time for larger-than-life creepy, crawly creatures skittering across lawns, lurking in dark alleyways and dropping out of nowhere to frighten their hapless victims.