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Cockroach Facts

There are many types of cockroaches that may infest your home. Although they have different characteristics, each are as unappealing as the next. 
Roach sizes vary between half an inch and 1.5 inches and their color ranges from shades of brown to black and red. The cockroaches you may discover or potentially deal with an infestation of include the following:
American Roaches:
⦁ Largest type of common cockroach
⦁ Reddish-brown colored with a lighter marking behind its head
⦁ Can grow as long as 1 ½ inches
⦁ Brown Banded Roaches:
⦁ Small, tan colored roach about ½ inch long
⦁ Brown bands across its body give this roach its name
⦁ Prefer warmer, dry places like cabinets and behind refrigerators
⦁ German Roaches:
⦁ ½ inch tan-colored
⦁ Striped back
⦁ Can live up to two weeks without water and months without food
⦁ Oriental Roaches:
⦁ Dark brown, sometimes black glossy body
⦁ Poorly developed wings
⦁ 1 inch in size (largest type of cockroach)
⦁ Smokybrown Roaches:
⦁ Deep brown colored
⦁ Just over 1 inch in size
⦁ Prefer warmer environments
⦁ Wood Roaches:
⦁ Dark brown, sometimes black
⦁ ¾ inch to 1 ¼ inch in size
⦁ Usually found outside


⦁ Roaches can be host to a large array of serious diseases that can spread through their feces and defensive secretions.
⦁ The molting process that roaches cycle through puts discarded skin through the air and can cause an increase in asthma issues.
⦁ A cockroach infestation should be dealt with in a timely manner.
⦁ Roaches procreate exponentially and will become a huge infestation in a few weeks' time.

How Do Roaches Get In Homes?

⦁ Roaches generally only come out in search of food during the night.
⦁ If you see a roach out during the day, there is a huge chance that your home is severely infested.
⦁ If you suspect a roach problem, you can check for droppings in cupboards and pantries, and any other dark and warm areas.
⦁ Some roaches may give off an unpleasant stench. If an oily or musty odor is present, you may have an infestation.


Roaches are able to flatten their bodies and fit into small spaces. Critter Control of New Mexico has even found roaches behind wallpaper! As an untrained homeowner, the chances you'll get rid of every single roach are slim to none. Due to the potential risk associated with a roach infestation, it is best to trust the professionals to ensure proper control.
Critter Control of New Mexico brings proven methods that are pet and family-friendly. We will get the insects out and protect your home to avoid future infestations. Critter Control of New Mexico can put your mind at ease and get rid of any potential harm roaches may bring to your home! 505.545.8883 in Albuquerque or 505.545.8891 in Santa Fe.