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Warning: Cockroaches Seeking Warmth

After the recent cool weather in Florida, you may notice new visitors seeking the warmth of your home. Sometimes mistaken as “water bugs”, Florida is home to several species of cockroaches that are common nuisance pests. Have you seen any of these bugs running across the kitchen floor? Most cockroaches are controlled with over-the-counter household sprays. For persistent infestations, contact your local extension office for pest control recommendations, or read this cockroach management publication (Koehler et al. 1994) for more information.

Photo Common name Scientific name

Photo © Gary Alpert, Harvard University, Bugwood.org #5380181

German cockroach Blattella germanica

Photo © Natasha Wright, Cook’s Pest Control, Bugwood.org #5190001

Asian cockroach Blattella asahinai

Photo © Clemson University – USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org  #1236167

Oriental cockroach Blatta orientalis

Photo © Gary Alpert, Harvard University, Bugwood.org #5380102

American cockroach Periplaneta americana

Photo © Clemson University – USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org #1233196

Brown-banded cockroach Supella longipalpa