Washington is situated in the Northern part of the United States. The climate here varies greatly from west to east, which brings cockroaches into sight. Cockroaches are not only dirty looking pests but pose a high risk to humans if they increase. 

The common Cockroaches in Washington are:

German Cockroaches

German Cockroaches

Description

German roaches are one of the most troublesome and common residential roaches, are ½ to 5/8 inches long, flattened, brownish, with long, slender antennae, and have fully developed wings. These roaches are fast running insects that can easily climb rough and polished vertical surfaces.

Habitat

They prefer locations that are dark, warm, full of moisture, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Their hiding locations are cracks under sinks and toilets; beneath the refrigerators, dishwashers, and stoves; near trash containers; and inside pantries and cabinets.

Diet

They can consume all types of human foods, pet food, toothpaste, soap, sweets, meats, loaves of bread, gravies, glue, etc. 

Lifespan

100 to 200 days

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental Cockroaches

Description

This large species of cockroach typically reaches a length of 26-32mm in their adulthood. It has a shiny deep red to brownish-black color. Males and females look different because of wing appearance, which is larger on the males.

Habitat

They usually prefer to live outdoors under stones, debris, and plant litter, gaining entry into buildings via door thresholds, vents, and other openings. In houses, they infest in cool, dark, damp places such as sewers, crawlspaces, cellars, and basements.

Diet

This species will feed on any decaying organic matter, including garbage, matter in mulch piles, and rubbish. The Oriental cockroach prefers starchy food and builds up populations around garbage cans. They are primarily known for their love for the water.

Lifespan

180 days

American Cockroaches

American Cockroaches

Description

Often about two inches in length, long, flat, wide bodies, with six legs, two long antennae. They are reddish-brown with a distinctive yellow-colored pattern behind their head. Both females and males have developed wings and are capable of flying.

Habitat

These cockroaches love dark and moist areas, like basements and crawl spaces. They often gather in large numbers in drains, pipes, and laundry areas, as well as boiler rooms, steam tunnels, and sewer systems. During summers, they are generally found outdoors in places like yards and around trash containers. 

Diet

They will feed on anything but are attracted to starchy foods, flour, and fermented products.

Lifespan

Approx 1 year

Brown-banded Cockroaches

Brown-banded Cockroaches

Description

This species is far less common inside houses than the German cockroach but can cause trouble occasionally. It is light brown, relatively short, ½ ” long, flat, and has two long antennae protruding from the head, and has two pale bands across the base of the wings.

Habitat

Brown-banded cockroaches prefer warm, dry places and can be found anywhere in the home, other than kitchens and bathrooms. Preferred locations include upper ceilings areas, walls, cabinets, and furniture, behind picture frames and wall decorations. It is less common in restaurants.

Diet

Most cockroaches are omnivorous, and scavengers and will eat whatever they can find. In the absence of food, they enjoy the books, adhesive backing of stationery, and wallpaper paste.

Lifespan

 130 to 315 days

ConclusionYour home should be yours entirely, and that could happen only when no uninvited guests like cockroaches enter your premises because they come uninvited and keep extending their stay until you take some harsh steps to get them out of your house. Therefore, you should always check for cockroaches in abandoned places and maintain hygiene.

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