Crickets have front wings that cover their abdomens and hind wings hidden under their front wings. They have long legs which are used for jumping. Mating Behavior. Cockroaches perform many functions, such as flapping their wings, hissing, and displaying their abdomen to attract the female cockroach. They are very aggressive.
It is relatively easy to identify a cockroach. These insects have flat bodies. Their colors can range from green, brown to nearly black. The two long antennae are used to smell and find food. Cockroaches have six legs and the overall size of their bodies usually ranges between half an inch and two inches. A lot of these insects have visible wings, but (thankfully) not all of them can fly.
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The antennae located on a roach’s head do not count when determining how large they are, but might help with cockroach identification. Most roaches are a reddish-brown to black in color, except for when they molt. Roaches that have recently molted, or shed their exoskeleton to grow, tend to be temporarily whitish. They have oval-shaped bodies which often appear flattened. Many species have wings, though not all can fly, and roaches move very fast for an insect.
Cockroaches VS. Crickets. Crickets have a more cylindrical shape; long legs that aid in jumping. They tend to produce chirping sound. Unlike cockroaches, crickets rarely invade your homes. Cockroaches tend to run away or fly but a cricket will jump.
Appearance: American cockroaches are reddish brown with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of their head. This species is the largest of the house-infesting roaches. Region: This species is located throughout United States and worldwide. Habitat: American cockroaches are often found in sewers and basements, particularly around pipes and drains. They will also congregate in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms in search of water and food.
It’s easy to mistake lookalike pests such as beetles and crickets for cockroaches. Since other insects and even different cockroach species vary in their habits and habitats, identifying an infestation ensures the most effective pest control tactics for the job. Check out the photo gallery below for some useful cockroach identification tips.
American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) Also identified as the water bug, the American cockroach is one of the most common pests infesting homes in the United States. Reddish-brown in color, this cockroach is large and fast, making it quite the nuisance for homeowners.
To identify a cockroach, closely examine the markings on its body. If it has 2 yellow bands on its back, it's a brown-banded cockroach. If the cockroach has 2 dark stripes that run from its head to its wings, it's likely a German cockroach. If it has a red-brown or amber color to it, you're probably looking at an American cockroach.