Cockroach Control


While sanitation is key to cockroach control, successful elimination requires the use of multiple methods and materials without being overly reliant on any one product or method of application. Among the materials Braman employs to eliminate cockroaches are baits, insect growth regulators, aerosols, residual sprays and dusts. Finding and correcting the source of the problem is the best elimination method. When we treat, you can be assured of great results because we have the education, training and diligence required to get to the root of the problem. Elimination is Guaranteed!

If you think you have an infestation of cockroaches, contact Braman immediately.

Cockroaches Overview

Cockroaches are one of mankind’s oldest known insects, due in large part to their ability to adapt to a variety of environments. While there are many different species of cockroaches throughout the world, cold northern winters prevent populations from thriving outdoors in New England. Therefore we deal with only several species.

Cockroach control is very important because of the public health impact. Cockroaches are known to carry numerous bacteria, parasitic worms and other pathogens in and on their bodies. Of course they leave feces and saliva too. In addition, cockroaches are important allergens and are now recognized as an important asthma trigger.

German cockroach

The most common cockroach is the German cockroach. It is far and away the most prevalent roach in American homes and businesses. An adult German cockroach is anywhere from 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch in length. They are winged, even though they don't fly, and have long antennae. They range in color from tan to a medium brown and have two short, dark stripes located just behind the head.

German cockroaches breed quickly, reaching sexual maturity in 4 months and produce egg capsules containing an average of 32 nymphs. Egg capsules are carried until about 1 day before hatching, when they are dropped by the female where the chances for survival by the nymphs are the greatest. Nymphs are small, very dark in color, with undeveloped wings and a single light stripe running halfway down the back.

American cockroach

These roaches measure 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length, are reddish brown in color and are capable of flying. They prefer warm, moist environments like sewers and steam tunnels. Broken or uncapped pipes are common modes of entry. Finding and correcting the source is the best method of cockroach control. American cockroaches are also slower breeders than German cockroaches and not as difficult to control provided that you are able to find and seal off the means of entry.

Oriental cockroach

Measure 1 inch in length, are mahogany brown to black in color and are not capable of flying. Their preferred environment and control measures are similar to the American roach.

Brown-banded, Pennsylvania Wood and Surinam cockroaches

These are the other species that Braman sees from time to time. None are very significant — unless you have them, of course. If you have them or suspect that you do, call us. We have the knowledge and experience to identify and treat these pests for effective cockroach control.


This cockroach is often mistaken for the German cockroach but is a little smaller at 1/2 inch and has tan bands that run across its wings. The female carries the egg capsule, which contains an average of 15 eggs, for 24-36 hours and then attaches it to the underside of a protected surface. Although brown banded roaches are often found in the kitchen it is not at all unusual to see them in other rooms; frequently behind picture frames or in electronic devices. The reason for this behavior is that brown banded roaches prefer warmer, drier environments than German roaches. They also exhibit a preference for starchy foods, so they might be found by book shelves or in an upper corner of a wallpapered room where they feed on the book bindings or wallpaper glue.

Pennsylvania Wood cockroaches

This dark brown roach is from 1/2 to 1 inch in length. The male, which is capable of flying short distances, is larger than the female, which is unable to fly. The female deposits the egg capsule containing up to 32 eggs behind the loose bark of a log or stump. The nymph stage may last almost a year during which mortality is great due to harsh northern winters. Introduction into the house is usually on firewood. They seldom reproduce indoors. For this reason cockroach control treatment is made only to the outside of the structure to prevent Pennsylvania wood roaches from wandering indoors. It is also recommended that firewood piles be stacked away from the house.

Surinam cockroaches

The Surinam cockroach rarely infests New England homes. Being a tropical to sub-tropical roach it is, in this part of the country, found only in controlled warm, moist environments where it burrows in the soil. Greenhouse plants shipped from southern states are generally the means of introduction. They are most often found in shopping center planters where populations are introduced with plants brought from elsewhere. They will not spread from that specific environment so cockroach control measures are targeted to those areas.