Cockroaches have been around for over 300 million years. They’re one of the only pest able to survive a
nuclear blast. Although over 4,000 species of cockroaches exist, only about 30 are common with human
habitats. We can further narrow it down in the Baltimore, D.C metro area, with only about 4-5 species
that commonly infest homes, or places of business.
Here are the most common species of cockroaches
that Raven Termite and Pest Control treats:
✓ German cockroach- the most common indoor cockroach found in our region. Prefers humid and hot
conditions (75-85 degrees) in kitchens near stoves, dishwashers, sinks, and behind the refrigerator.
✓ Oriental cockroach- also common indoor and outdoor. Known as the “Waterbug” prefers temperate
conditions, (65-75 degrees) low level damp places such as basements, sewers, drains, mulched
✓ American cockroach- Prefers living outdoors, mainly found in the South and Southeast U.S. Prefers hot,
humid (85-95) places living in decaying vegetation outside. American Cockroaches can also be found
occupying sewers, and invading homes especially basements and garbage areas.
✓ Smokey brown cockroach- is an excellent flyer. Prefers hot sheltered humid places, living outdoors
especially in tree holes. Usually found in the South and Southeast U.S but commonly invade home often
✓ Brown Banded cockroach- Will fly when disturbed. Prefers warm, dry, elevated level places. Sometimes
found in the Baltimore, D.C. metro area.