Many people never even think of insects, particularly cockroaches, until they have to deal with them. Many species of cockroach are found around the world, and a good handful of them are in the U.S. Though these little critters don’t pay close attention to manmade borders, one can still generalize the more common species found in the area. American cockroaches, German cockroaches, Brown-banded cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches are the more frequently spotted roaches terrorizing Greater Austin, TX residential homes and commercial businesses. Today, we at A-Tex Pest Management would like to expound on the roach species found scurrying across your floor.
Flying American Cockroaches?
The American cockroach is one of the larger roaches found wondering inside your abode. They range from 1 ½” – 2” in length. They are brown and have lighter markings on the back of the head. The American cockroach is one the fastest moving insect, and has been documented at running at 3 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of a human running at 210 miles per hour. Though they have wings, and the ability to fly, it is clumsy and a struggle, they prefer their quick sprints to evade predators. American cockroaches are scavengers and will eat nearly anything. Preferring a convenient water source, American cockroaches are usually found close by sewers, or by drains or leaky pipes.
Brown-banded roaches are one of the smaller cockroach species coming in at 5/8” long. They are light brown with 2 distinctive brownish bands running around their abdomen and wings. Adult males have full length wings, and females have shorter ones. With most cockroaches, they prefer moisture; however, brown-banded cockroaches don’t depend on it and can be found in drier places. They too will eat nearly anything, and can even be caught devouring book binding, stamps, and wallpaper and envelops.
German Cockroach Infestation
German cockroaches are light bran or tan color, with 2 darker brown stripes running parallel stripes stating behind their head down the body. They too are smaller like the Brown-banded roach measuring between ½”-5/8” long. They are masters at finding ways to come in; a mere 3/8” is all they need to intrude. They prefer warm and moist environments, and are usually hunkering down in kitchens and bathrooms. They, like most cockroaches will eat anything.
Are Oriental Cockroaches Harmful?
Despite their name, Oriental cockroaches actually believed to hail from North Africa and are commonly known as water bugs. They have an extremely pungent odor they emit. They get to be about 1” long and are black and shiny. Oriental cockroaches will eat anything, and can survive in freezing cold temperatures. These roaches are haunting basements and crawlspaces. Like other species of cockroaches, Oriental roaches can spread bacteria and parasites as well as exacerbate allergies.
Cockroach Pest Inspections, Treatment & More in Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville, Cedar Park & Austin Texas
No matter the species, cockroaches can transfer germs, bacteria and diseases and can trigger allergies. If you notice an infestation, it is important to exterminate them to keep your home safe from damage, and your health. A-Tex Pest Management has expertly trained professionals on hand ready to eradicate roach infestations and with regular maintenance can keep them at bay. Call us today to get started!