Cockroaches are major pests in homes, restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices and other structures with food-handling areas. These insects can contaminate food and eating utensils, destroy fabric and paper products and impart stains and odors to surfaces they contact. Cockroaches haven't been found to be direct carriers of disease; however, they will mechanically contaminate food or utensils by transporting filth or disease organisms on their bodies or by way of their excreta. they're suspected to be related to the spread of dysentery, diarrhea and gastrointestinal disorder . they're also associated with allergies and related to some aspects of asthma attacks. Although there are quite 50 species of cockroaches within the us , only five are considered major pests in Arkansas. These species are the German, brown-banded, American, Oriental, and wood cockroaches. Since different species of cockroaches have different habits and habitat preferences, proper identification is important for control.