Alphabetical List of Critters - Cockroaches
Cockroaches generally have a flattened, oval appearance, long spiny legs and long antennae. Color, which depends on species and age, ranges from a reddish brown to dark brown and from tan to black. The German cockroach is by far the most likely species to infest homes in Maine. Due to its size (up to 2″ long), however, the American cockroach is the species most likely to be recognized in Maine (see link and photo below). American cockroaches may be found in any room of the house.
Although cockroaches carry disease organisms, they are not known to transmit disease to humans. They do contaminate food and kitchen utensils with excrement and salivary secretions, leaving an unpleasant odor.
Detailed Fact Sheets:
- American Cockroach
- Wood Cockroach / Pennsylvania Wood Roach (Penn State) (generally found outdoors in moist, woodland areas but often they enter homes as “accidental invaders”)