Roaches all go through the very same life cycle and develop by gradual metamorphosis. They pass through three stages: egg, nymph and then to an adult. Eggs are laid in batches, within an egg case, and with each egg case holding many individual roaches. The number in each egg case depends on the species, but some species can have as many as 30 to 60 individual roaches in each egg case. And each roach becomes a reproducing adult in as little as nine weeks, there again depending on the species.


German Roaches

German roaches, although not necessarily from Germany, actually originated in Asia, and are the most prolific of the cockroaches. Each egg case the female produces may carry up to 50 new little roaches. And those little guys (and girls) can be ready to produce MORE roaches in less than nine weeks, if conditions are right. At this rate, you could be up to your ears in roaches in no time!

The good news is that German roaches don’t live outside. They are only associated with man, living almost exclusively in our homes and spreading easily throughout our society, rich or poor. We have good luck with these, unless you live right next (attached) to someone who doesn’t care.

American Roaches

From SOUTH America, of course. Not here! Actually, American roaches are distributed pretty much all over, and it’s not really possible to say where they came from. This is the “Palmetto bug” in the southern United States, and it’s the American roach up here. A very large roach, it has a reputation for flying and can live, outside, around our houses and isn’t killed by the winter. He just stays inside during the wintertime. American roaches, of any stripe, can definitely be a problem if conditions are just right.

American roaches infest most sewers. So if you go away, and stay away for enough time, the P-traps in your bathrooms will dry out and can allow the roaches entrance into your home. Not a good thing to arrive home to…. So don’t let your P-Traps get dry.

Brown-Banded Roaches

This is the other one that lives mostly in our homes. Brown-banded roaches look a lot like
German roaches. They are a little smaller and not nearly as prolific. Actually, they’re
quite content to take up residence in some obscure part of the house, and you can go for
years before you discovered them. Again, you bring these roaches in. From a garage sale, or something you bring into your house, unaware that the item carries a hitchhiker.

Many exterminators, unless they look closely, may not even notice the difference between German and brown-banded roaches, they look that much alike. A brown banded roach is the “Clark Kent” of household roaches. These are the quiet ones. They can live under your dining room table for years, without your knowing.

Oriental Roaches

The proverbial “waterbug.” Or shad roach. Or whatever they’re called by your contemporaries. They are the great, big black ones. The one you might find trapped in your bathtub. Oriental cockroaches can’t climb smooth surfaces. They will be trapped by the steep, slick walls of a bathtub or sink.

Other roaches have no trouble scaling even a surface as smooth as a light bulb. The bad news is that they can live outside. So you can bring them in too. There is some good news. Oriental roaches, fortunately, don’t reproduce very fast. In fact, you can have these and only see them on very few occasions – just like the above-described brown-banded roach. And being able to survive outside means that you can get them again – next year!

Wood Roaches

These roaches are different in a lot of ways. First of all, they are attracted to light – the opposite of the other roaches. Most of the time, wood roaches are found near the “woods,” out in suburbia, where the deer and the antelope play. They are not a concern for inside pest control, and rarely, if ever, become an inside problem. No treatment required or even recommended for these fellows.

Don’t worry about wood roaches. Since they’re essentially outdoor insects, they’re only
seasonal, which means that next year’s cycle will be different. Hopefully, that means

Wood roaches actually enter houses by mistake. Often, they are attracted by your house lighting, wind up ON your house, hiding in some crack or crevice, and inadvertently find themselves inside. These are not the roaches you need to worry about.