Common species of cockroaches that invade our homes and businesses include the following:


  • American cockroaches
  • Brown-banded cockroaches
  • German cockroaches
  • Oriental cockroaches
  • Smoky brown cockroaches
  • Wood roaches




Cockroaches are dangerous, destructive, and annoying. They live and travel through less than sanitary conditions like garbage dumps, trash cans, sewers, drains, carrion, and excrement. As they move around, they pick up bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites on their bodies and legs that they contaminate food and surfaces with when they get into our homes and businesses.

Cockroaches spread salmonella and other bacteria that cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Also, many people are allergic to their shed skins and feces, which trigger asthma attacks; this is particularly true in young children. These destructive pests also damage things like upholstered furniture, bedding, rugs, clothing, and curtains by staining them with their excrement or chewing on them.

Cockroaches are scavengers that can find their way onto any property that offers them food. Trash, compost, pet food, and outdoor eating areas often draw cockroaches to a property. Once living near your building, it is only a matter of time before they find their way inside, searching for more food. Cockroaches also move in by hitchhiking their way in. People unintentionally bring them indoors inside of boxes, packages, plant pots, or used furniture or appliances. Sometimes, cockroaches even find their way inside on the bottom of shoes.

Cockroaches live in a variety of environments. Some, like the American cockroach and wood roach, prefer to live outside; others, like the German cockroach, prefer an indoor life. Outside, cockroaches live in flower beds, behind tree bark, under woodpiles, under mulch, around trash cans, and near sewers. Inside, they choose the areas of a home or business that are close food sources and that tend to have higher humidity levels. Secluded areas in kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and crawl spaces are some of their favorite hideouts. Brown-banded cockroaches are a species that prefers dry, hot places, like the upper parts of cabinets.

With over 250 years of combined leadership experience, P.E.S.T. (Providing Exterminating Solutions Today) is the best choice to rid roaches from your California, Florida, or Hawaii home or business. We are North America’s largest fumigation company, dedicated to our customers and to providing safe and effective cockroach control solutions.

If you are looking for an experienced, dedicated professional to eliminate cockroaches from your property, contact to P.E.S.T. and request your free inspection today!

In addition to our residential pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent cockroach infestations:

  • Make sure outdoor trash cans and compost bins have tight lids.
  • Store all food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator.
  • Seal up any entry points leading into your home.
  • Keep basements dry by using dehumidifiers.
  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures.
  • Immediately clean up spills and crumbs.
  • Wash dishes and remove trash from your home daily.
  • Ventilate crawlspaces to keep them from retaining moisture.
  • Store trash containers away from the outside walls of your home.