German Roaches may be seen inside the home in kitchen counters, floors, and other warm humid areas. These roaches let off a different variety of odorous chemicals that most people would describe as musty or oily, if you are smelling this in your home there is a high chance it might be an infestation. Infestations are fairly easy to identify with this type of roach as their droppings resemble ground coffee grounds, typically found inside kitchen drawers or countertops. German roached can get into anything and everything, multiplying at a rapid rate. They can survive without hardly any food and scarce water supply.
Brown Banded Roaches are very common in households and apartments, but are less common in restaurants. They avoid light so it is not likely to find these roaches during daytime, it will hide inside cracks, crevices, light switches, underneath appliances, behind picture frames, and high walls. If brown banded roaches are spotted in the daytime it is a big indication of an infestation. They have been known to jump while trying to escape. Brown banded roaches do not require moisture for survival thus, making them a higher ranking pest.
Oriental Roaches can survive outdoors in freezing temperatures for long periods of time. These roaches let off a strong unpleasant odor, quite distinguishable. Oriental roaches feed on decaying organic matter, making them dangerous because of their known habit to feed from the sewage. It has been reported that Oriental roaches have the ability to spread at least 33 different types of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through the filth and carry them onto food.
American Roaches are the largest of the house-infesting roaches. They can be seen in basements, crawl spaces, cracks and crevices of porches, foundations, and walkways adjacent to buildings. These roaches move very quickly when trying not to be seen and can fit into small cracks and even under doors to remain unseen. They are considered to be one of the fastest running in the roach family. Both males and females have wings and can fly short distances. The American roach prefers high temperatures and cannot tolerate low temperatures.