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There are over 3,000 different types of cockroaches - some are considered pests while others are beneficial in their natural environment.
The three main types of cockroaches commonly found in homes in the U.S. include the German cockroach, Oriental cockroach and American cockroach.
Find more detailed information below about these common species.
The American cockroach is one of the largest pest cockroaches to invade homes and commercial properties.
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Males look much longer than females, as their wings are longer than their abdomens. Front wings are veined and leathery. Cockroaches are flattened and oval-shaped, with extremely long, threadlike antennae. Their head is mostly hidden, and it has chewing mouth parts. They're not the best of fliers, but you can see a plague of roaches when they decide to take a mass migration.