A cockroach on a pipe.

Cockroaches. La Cucaracha. Waterbug. Roach. The insect, that when brought up in conversation, always leads to someone saying, “Did you know they can live for a week without their head?” While that interesting fact is decidedly true, it’s not the only thing there is to know about cockroaches.

Today we’ll be taking you on a guided tour through all the information you need to know about cockroaches. We’ll start with an overview of their main characteristics and the varieties most commonly found in New York. We’ll end with the sort of tips you need to make sure they never disrupt your business. Here we go.

Introduction to Cockroaches

Cockroaches are six-legged insects, typically ovular in shape, that have been around for a long time. There is fossil proof of roaches going back millions of years. While there are over 4,500 species of cockroach found on Earth, only around 30 are found near human habitats. Even fewer are considered to be pests.

Cockroaches are small, between a fraction of an inch to a few inches in length for the biggest. Their bodies are divided into three segments and all varieties have antennae. Some have wings, but many don’t use them. They’re social insects that are mostly motivated by their desire for food anywhere they can find it.

Which roaches are most common in New York?

Cockroaches are widespread creatures. They can be found on every continent save for Antarctica and in a wide variety of climates. When it comes to the roaches most commonly found in New York, however, there are a few standout varieties. These include:

Cockroach Elimination Tips


Our final tip is to contact a professional commercial pest management company as soon as you suspect an infestation. A team like the one at Assured Environments will know exactly what to do to. Not only to remove existing infestations but to prevent future ones, too. If you need any additional cockroach questions answered, give us a call today.