How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches and American Cockroaches in Texas


Cockroaches come in many different sizes and colors, and some are even known to fly! Each roach species has different preferred habitats and living habits. When dealing with cockroaches (which most homeowners don’t want to have to do!), it helps to know what species you are dealing with. Though there are thousands of different cockroach species around the world, you will likely only ever have to deal with four prominent species that live in proximity to human beings.

Let’s talk about how to get rid of German cockroaches and American cockroaches.

Do you know the differences between German cockroaches (Blattella germanica) and American cockroaches (Periplaneta americana). The two species are often confused with one another. What should you expect and how do you get rid of these two types of cockroaches?

What Are Differences Between German Roaches and American Roaches?

German and American cockroaches are both a brownish color, though American cockroaches are notably about twice as large as German roaches (up to 2″ in length compared to German roaches, that only grow to be about 1″ in length).

American cockroaches are a reddish-brown color with a yellow border around their torsos, while German roaches tend to be darker brown color with two dark brown to black parallel stripes running down their backs. Another primary difference between the two species is that American cockroaches are first an outdoor species that make their way indoors occasionally, while German cockroaches pretty much need to live near humans to survive.

German cockroach

How Do You Get Rid of German Cockroaches?

German roaches can be treated indoors with baits, traps, or roach sprays, though baiting is usually acknowledged as the most effective long-term treatment plan for roaches in general.

You can apply a reliable roach killer spray to surfaces that German roaches cross. You can also apply directly into wall voids or other hiding areas. You want to avoid spraying into areas where you’ve applied bait, or you will drive roaches away from the bait you want them to consume.

How Do You Get Rid of American Cockroaches?

You want to take a little different approach to get rid of American roaches. Granular roach baits applied in attics, basements, and crawl spaces work well against American roaches. Insecticide roach dust also works well.

Outdoor perimeter spray treatments also helps repel American roaches away from your home, as do perimeter granular bait treatments.

There’s a lot you can do (start by keeping your house more clean and organized) to help keep German cockroaches away. But if you are seeing German or American roach activity and have a growing infestation on your hands, it might be time to call in a professional. Save yourself tons of time, money, and stress by calling our Kingwood, TX pest control experts today! We’ll get rid of the roaches for you, and show you more about how to keep them from coming back!


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