How big can a cockroach get?

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There are about 4000 species of cockroaches on Earth, 40 of which can be found here in the United States. Cockroaches are dirty pests known for their ability to spread disease and cause asthma or allergies. Knowing the size of a cockroach will help you determine what species it is. Do you know how big cockroaches can be? Below are the most common types of pet cockroaches and their sizes.

Pygmy cockroaches can reach an inch and a half in length, or be the size of a large blueberry.

Oriental cockroaches are about an inch long, or as wide as a piece of Cheez-It.

American cockroaches can grow to 1,5 to 2 inches in length, or about the size of a cucumber slice.

Giant digging cockroaches are approximately 3,5 inches long, or the size of an avocado. They definitely live up to their name!

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