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American Cockroach vs German Cockroach

I know, an American vs German cockroach sounds like something from a WW2 propaganda campaign. But in reality, these are the two roaches you are most likely to encounter in your home here in Central Florida.

In this article we are going to go over the two pests and explain the differences in them. We will explain what they like to eat and what danger they present to your family.

German Cockroach


German roaches are the most common roaches in Florida. They are usually 1/2” – 5/8″ long and are brown in color and have two distinct bands running down their thorax. (pictured)


This pest is nocturnal. It operates under the cloak of darkness and if disturbed will scurry off looking for cover.


This roach is a true scavenger. It will go after almost anything. Here is a list of some things which wil attract it:  Gum, Pet food, Grease, Crumbs, Left-over food in empty cans or containers, Meat, Trash and garbage. They can also feed on paper items such as books, newspapers and packaging.


This roach is a danger in that it spreads bacteria by contact. The roach leaves feces in its wake which is harmful to humans. They are also a major trigger for allergy sufferers.


American Cockroach


This is a large black and brown roach that measures 1-1/2” to 2” in size. They also have a yellowish shape on their head that some say resembles a shield. They also have various black markings. They have wings and can fly, which adds even more to their repugnance.

American Cockroach

American Cockroach – image courtesy of


They are active all year but moreso in the summer months. They are audacious when it comes to getting food but will run from humans. They stay hidden in cracks and crevices in your home waiting for food to become available.


Although a scavenger by true definition, American Cockroaches are especially attracted to starch, grease, sugar, meat, cheese and trash.


They tend to track in bacteria from dirty places like sewers, so in this regard they are dangerous to humans. Bacteria that they bring into your home include Salmonella, E. coli, and Streptococcus.

20 Apr

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