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Cockroach Identification

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects that have been given a bad name because of the few species that have become associated with human habitats. Most of the more than 4,000 species living across the world live far away from us, and their scavenging helps to get rid of decaying organic materials. However, those that have identified how people can help them meet their basic needs have become unwelcome visitors in our homes and businesses.

Cockroaches have oval-shaped bodies, a shiny appearance, long antennae, and a musty odor. Most move using their six legs to scurry from place to place, but a few can fly short distances.

Unfortunately, Texas is home to many different species of cockroaches including American cockroaches, smokey brown cockroaches, German cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches.

  • American cockroaches are large cockroaches that are brownish-red in color with a yellowish figure-eight-like pattern behind their head. These roaches are able to fly short distances.
  • German cockroaches are small, fast-moving cockroaches and the most common to find in our homes and businesses. They have a light brown body with two darker horizontal black stripes behind their heads.
  • Oriental cockroaches have dark, black bodies that are shiny or greasy appearing. These roaches have high moisture needs and are often found around drains, sewers, and other areas where water is present.
  • Smokybrown cockroaches have a shiny black or mahogany body and wings that extend past their abdomen. They prefer to live outside in wooded areas, underneath ground cover, and in garden areas.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are unwelcome in our homes because they are such dangerous creatures to be around. Not only do these pests spread pathogens that can make people ill and cause gastrointestinal problems, but they spread parasites and allergens. Cockroaches are prolific breeders and invade in large numbers. They won’t hesitate to contaminate food sources and stain walls and upholstery with their excrement.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Over the eons, cockroaches have evolved and can adapt and survive in any indoor or outdoor space they find their way into. Many cockroach species, like American cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and smokybrown live successfully outside, especially in Texas where the weather is warm most of the year. However, these roaches will still find their way indoors while searching for food and water. They move inside through spaces they discover in the foundation, around windows and doors, and through drains and utility entrance points.

In our area and across the country, the German cockroach is a species of cockroaches that have adapted to living strictly indoors. They frequently move from place to place by hitchhiking in or on things like secondhand furniture or appliances or inside boxes. In apartment buildings or other multi-unit buildings, they travel from unit to unit through walls, under doors, or along wires or cables.

Where will I find cockroaches?

You typically won’t see cockroaches out during the day, except in the case of a large infestation. If you see cockroaches scurrying around your home, you need to reach out for professional help immediately.

Cockroaches like to hide in dark, damp crevices. Some of the most common places in your home that cockroaches hide are areas that are both warm and moist like kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, laundry rooms, and basements or crawlspaces. Regularly inspect these areas to identify a problem before it becomes too large and stressful to deal with.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches quickly multiple, producing large, difficult-to-manage numbers. You must make sure you eliminate every cockroach or a re-infestation will occur. Partnering with a professional is the best way to rid your Texas home of unwanted cockroaches. Let Men In Black Pest Control help you rid your property of cockroaches and provide the regular services necessary to keep them out.

We will provide you with high-quality, customized pest control solutions and meet your property's pest control needs. If you live in Seabrook or the surrounding communities, call us today and learn more about solving a cockroach infestation through our effective home pest control and commercial pest control solutions!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Let us help you live pest-free with our professional pest control services and the following cockroach prevention tips:

  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins to keep food in and cockroaches out.
  • Cockroaches will take any small crumb of food as an invitation to stay in your home. Regularly vacuum, not forgetting spaces under furniture, behind appliances, and inside pantries and cabinets.
  • Always inspect deliveries, boxes, and secondhand items for hiding cockroaches before bringing them into your house.
  • Eliminate entry points by sealing cracks in the foundation, spaces under doors, and openings around utilities entering your home.
  • Place mesh covers over drains and vents leading into your house. 
  • Cockroaches are attracted to warm, humid areas. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to reduce humidity levels in your home.