There are two main types of cockroaches in Missouri to look out for: German Cockroaches and Oriental Cockroaches. Both are a nuisance and prefer dark, secluded spaces, but there are significant physical and behavioral differences to be aware of.
German Cockroaches are the most abundant roach in the U.S.
German Cockroaches search for food at night and reproduce very quickly. Their small size and flat body allows them to exist in the smallest of secluded cracks and crevices that are near heat, moisture, and a wide variety of food.
They are rarely found outdoors, and gain access through grocery bags, used furniture or equipment, and cardboard boxes. They are responsible for transmitting food-borne illnesses, but most importantly are responsible for severe asthmatic reactions.
Oriental Cockroaches can be present in both commercial facilities and residential homes.
Indoors, these “waterbugs” become very abundant in damp, secluded places such as crawlspaces, basements, and sump pumps. They prefer to feed on starchy foods and decaying organic matter.
1/2″ to 5/8″ long.
1″ to 1-3/4″ long.
They are relatively large and reddish-brown to black.
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