Many homeowners would say that discovering a cockroach in their home would be upsetting. Worse than that would be discovering you have a cockroach infestation. Do you know what type of cockroaches you’re dealing with? Most homeowners don’t but knowing exactly what type of pests you have crawling around your home can help you get rid of them and keep them from coming back!
What Attracts Cockroaches in Texas Houses & Apartments
You might be surprised to learn that Texas is home to about 30 different cockroach species. You also need to know that different roaches may require different methods to eliminate them. It will also help you determine how you can keep them away. Cockroaches constitute a sizable percentage of the vermin that plagues Texas as a whole. Cockroaches like the same things we like. They are very optimistic and have adapted very well to living among us. They will eat just about anything in your home. That includes scraps from those hard to reach places like under your fridge and stove. They also love pet food and they don’t care how much your dog has slobbered on it. Cockroaches also love to hide in your clothing where they may go as far as laying eggs! They can damage your clothing as they cut holes through fabric that is stained with food, body fluids and perspiration. When cockroaches move into your home they will start to breed. This makes them both a nuisance and a health risk.
Roaches Found in Texas
• German cockroach. These roaches tend to invade places that are close to food like kitchen drawers and cupboards. They have two dark stripes running longitudinally in the top section of the back. They are light brown in color and a just over half an inch long when fully grown.
• American cockroach. Tend to infest bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements. They are dark red or brown in color with light yellow edges on the exoskeleton. Adults measure one to three inches long and have wings. The wings of the males are typically longer than their body. Females wings just overlap at the abdomen.
• Oriental cockroach. Usually found close to water sources like sinks. Their bodies are glossy and either dark brown or black. Adults measure about one and a quarter inch long. The wings are shorter on the body of the males and female wings are underdeveloped.
• Brown-banded cockroach. Can be found in appliances, like TVs, computers, radios and other small appliances. These roaches have yellow-brown stripes that run across its abdomen and wings. The males have a dark-brown base and are golden-tanned toward the tips of their wings. The females have dark-brown bodies with reddish-brown wings.
• Smoky-brown cockroach. Can be found close to artificial sources of light like lamps and TVs. These roaches are uniformly dark-mahogany or black in color. Adults measure about an inch and a half. The wings of these adult roaches are usually longer than their body.
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Cockroaches can be extremely difficult to deal with. The faster you act once you’ve discovered an infestation, the better. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control can eliminate a population before it increases further. Give us a call today!