Blatta orientalis, oriental cockroach

Oriental cockroach. Image courtesy Bugwood Network.

Cockroaches are primitive insects that help recycling dead plant material outdoors.  However the few species that infest our homes and businesses give all cockroaches a bad reputation.  There are almost 70 kinds of cockroaches in the United States; but only six or so are considered pests of homes and businesses.

Fortunately, with the development of effective baits and safer sprays and dusts, cockroaches are not as difficult to control as they once were. However, these insects continue to be a problem in many households, where they can spread disease and produce allergens that can lead to asthma, especially in children. No one should have to live in a home with cockroaches. The following fact sheets provide useful information for controlling cockroaches.

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