American and German cockroaches are some of the most common cockroach species found in households throughout the United States. There are many species of cockroach, and not all of them can be handled the same way. Some cockroaches, German in particular, are resistant to traditional methods of baiting.
American cockroaches are also commonly known as palmetto bugs or water bugs. These roaches have wings, but they rarely fly. An American roach prefers to eat decaying organic material when possible, but is also attracted to sweets and starches. Cockroaches may be attracted by sugar, and they may feed on the backs of wallpaper and book bindings as well.
German cockroaches are commonly found in hotels, restaurants, and apartment houses. Roaches and their eggs tend to come into a home while clinging to a person’s clothes, luggage, or other belongings. In homes with large German roach populations, you can smell a foul odor in the air.
These are insects that prefer warmth, food, and moisture. To control a German cockroach population, you have to take serious sanitation measures. These insects can cause a serious health hazard if they’re found in restaurants. Just one egg capsule brought through a door can mean an infestation six months down the line.
If you’re dealing with a roach infestation, the first thing you should do is identify what type of roaches you’re dealing with. If there are multiple types infesting your space at once, then you’ll need traps equipped to handle multiple species. Oftentimes, traps that will entice American roaches won’t appeal to German roaches. Conversely, traps specifically engineered to bait German roaches might not appeal to any other insects.
Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of some recommendations for traps that can attract both German and American roaches. These traps can bring in a host of other insects as well, so they’re helpful for keeping your pest population down.