The American cockroach is one of the largest cockroaches found in Washington. It can reach up to 1-½ inches long. Its color will range from brown to a reddish brown. This species can move very rapidly and is mainly active at night, as it tries to avoid light at all possible.
The Brown-Banded cockroach is approximately ½ inch long and mainly brown. It can have some reddish brown mixed into it, and typically has lighter bands across the wings. Even though they do have wings, they rarely will fly. Males tend to be a little thinner than females when looking from above. They are seen throughout the United States and are more often found in homes and apartments, rather than in restaurants. Another species that shuns light and mainly moves in darkness.
The German cockroach is the most common cockroach in the Pacific Northwest. They are about ½ inch long, light brown in color with two dark brown stripes running lengthwise down the back. They are mostly nocturnal, but can be noticed during the day where there is a heavy infestation. Often when startled it can release an unpleasant odor. Commonly found around human establishments, i.e.: restaurants, hotels, and food handling areas.
The Oriental cockroach can range from 1 to 1 ½ inches long. They tend to be darker than other species here in the northwest from dark brown to almost black. The body, under the wings, appears to be glossy. The wings on the female cockroach tend to be smaller than the other species, and almost appear to be wingless. Males have been known to fly 2-3 meters, but not very long distances. The Oriental cockroach tends to be nocturnal and seen in the evening hours. Sightings during daytime are a sign of a fairly large infestation.
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