Types of Cockroaches in Texas

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Cockroaches are not exactly the type of insect that you want to see crawling around your house. These pests can carry diseases, and they make it difficult for people with allergies to be inside their homes. Luckily, there are many ways to combat cockroach infestations. One way is by understanding what types of cockroaches exist in Texas so that you know which ones to look out for!

This blog will discuss five different types of roaches found in Texas: German Cockroaches, Flying Cockroaches such as Oriental and American Cockroaches, and Brown-banded Cockroaches.

German Cockroaches 

The German cockroach is by far the most common type of roach found in Texas. This pest has a dark brown body and two light stripes on its back, making it easy for homeowners to identify them. They have wings but cannot fly, which means they can fit into tiny spaces that flying cockroaches cannot. German Cockroaches can be hard to get rid of because they reproduce quickly. 

Flying Cockroaches in Texas

When it comes to Flying Cockroaches, there are two main types: Oriental and American. These cockroaches look similar in shape but have different colored markings on their back. Their color ranges from black or brown with light stripes running vertically down their backs. Both types of roaches can fly short distances because they have wings,  but they cannot fly very well so they will eventually land and try to scurry away.

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental Cockroaches are brown to dark brown in color. They can be slightly smaller than German cockroaches, but they have the same vertical stripes on their back as well as wings that allow them to fly short distances. Oriental roach infestations usually end up being fairly large because females carry around a mass of eggs that will hatch into nymphs after around two months.

Oriental roaches can be found in kitchens and bathrooms because they need moisture to survive. Oriental Roaches also like warm temperatures so it's important to keep your home too cold for them outside of the preferred temperature range (75-85 degrees Fahrenheit). 

American Cockroach

American cockroaches are the largest of the roach species that live in Texas and they can grow up to around two inches long. These roaches fly, but you'll mostly see them running across floors or walls at night which is when they're most active. American cockroaches are nocturnal and they need warmth to survive, which is why they love invading homes in Texas.

Brown-banded Cockroaches

Brown-banded roaches are ½ inch long and they're mostly brown or tan with two light bands across their dark wings. Brown Banded Roaches prefer to live in warmer climates, and you can find them indoors during the colder months of winter where they come inside for warmth.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Texas

If you're looking for a way to get rid of roaches, then it's a good idea to call a professional pest control service like Gecko from the get-go. Most people will try and spray or bomb their home themselves which can cause more harm than good depending on what type of roach infestation they're dealing with. In most cases, a qualified pest control technician will be able to assess the type of roach infestation and provide you with an effective treatment plan.

A professional service can also help by performing routine inspections as part of their services which is especially helpful if your home has been affected by one in the past.

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