different types of roaches in Louisiana
Telling Cockroaches Apart
The Oriental roach is only an inch or two in length and usually lives in or near a mulch bed. They’re dark brown, almost black, and are easy to get under control with regular pest control.
The most common roach in Louisiana is the American roach. They are brown, about an inch or two long, and fly a lot – more than 100 feet from their nest. They usually live near heavy foliage, so you can prevent them with good landscaping and regular pest control.
There is also the Asian roach, which is much smaller – only one or two centimeters long. They also fly and live in heavy foliage but often swarm in packs of hundreds. They’re attracted to water and to the temperature difference between your home and the outdoors.
The last kind of roach that you’ll see in Lafayette and surrounding areas is the German roach. They are the worst kind of roach, the most difficult to get rid of. They will nest near a water source such as your sink or dishwasher, and they reproduce very quickly. A single female can have 10,000 descendants in a single year. They can spread diseases and lead to respiratory infections in children.