There is no shortage of cockroaches in Texas. Where most argue that all cockroaches look the same, though similar, there are many characteristics and habits that will differ from species to species. You can better eliminate the cockroaches infiltrating your home by better identifying the type of roach infestation. Cockroaches are capable of spreading diseases, germs, bacteria, and other ailments as well as trigger allergies and asthma. With this in mind, we at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control would like to offer some common cockroaches in Greater San Antonio, Texas.
American cockroaches are generally reddish-brown in color and have plate behind their head a light color surrounding a central darker marking as they average between 1 3/8 – 2 inches in length. They will usually run off when they need to escape since these roaches are particularly fast. American roaches prefer warm, moist areas like sewers and steam tunnels.
Behind the head is a pair of dark stripes and German cockroaches usually a are light brown in color and average ½ – 5/8 inches in length. They do not fly despite having well-developed wings. Because they prefer warm appliances such as under fridges, dishwashers, and ovens, when infesting homes, they are drawn to warmer areas like kitchens.
Due to their similarities, are frequently mistaken for German Cockroaches. The adults average ½” long and span from tan to light brown in color. Brown-banded roaches have a solid dark brown mark behind their head instead of the dark pair of stripes. They will infest structures but are not nearly as common as the other species in Texas.
The Oriental cockroaches are between 1” and 1 ¼“long and vary from dark brown to black in color. The males’ wings will cover ¾ of their body and females do not develop wings. Decaying organic matter and fecal matter along with garbage heap are common habitats since they prefer the warmer areas but will easily adapt to cold habitats.
In their physical characteristics significantly, the females and males differ. Having fully developed wings, the males are around an inch long whereas the females only between ½ inch and ¾ inches long and have shorter wings. These roaches are native to the eastern Unites States and typically stay out of buildings. They may wonder inside to get to the light if there is an opening since they are attracted to light during the evening hours. They generally infest wooden shingles or siding, wood piles, and backed up gutters.
These cockroaches are far more common in the south, but it is not unheard of to have them in Texas borders. Smoky- brown roaches average between 1 to 1 ½ inches long. They were likely be brought in from shipment boxes from the southern states.