Cockroach overview

There are thousands of species of cockroaches in the world but in Arkansas we consider three species to be nuisance pests. They are the American cockroach, German cockroach and the Smokeybrown cockroach.

American cockroach

Color: Reddish-Brown

Distinguishing Characteristics: Light colored edges to the body and wings that appear longer than the body

Length: 1 to 1 ½ inches

German cockroach

Color: Light Brown

Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark lengthwise strips on the head

Length: 1/4 to 5/8 inch

Smokeybrown cockroach

Color: Brownish-Black

Distinguishing Characteristics: Well developed wings that stretch to the tip of the abdomen

Length: 1 to 2 inches


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