Types of Roaches in Texas

There are more than 4,600 species of cockroaches in the world, but these are only the ones we have discovered yet, nobody actually knows how many of then can exist in our era. So it can be very confusing to know how many you can find in an area, especially when it is such a huge place as Texas, but anyway, we will show you the most common types you should be aware of.

Different kinds of roaches in Texas

It depends if you live in a rural area of in a big city, because each specie of pest is adapted to a concrete weather and environment. But there are some types that can live almost everywhere. The differences are pretty subtle sometimes, so you have to look carefully and be a good observer especially with the small ones.

German cockroach (Blattella germanica)

texas roaches types

This is the most common specie of pest all over the world. They always choose to live in wet places like the bathrooms and garages, it is a very dangerous kind because they can produce up to five generations each year. Every female lays from thirty to forty eggs every time, and in a common colony there can be more than twenty females, so this is why you should be careful with them. Also, they can’t be easily found as they don’t like being exposed to light and never go outside your home.

American cockroaches (Periplaneta americanus)

Periplaneta americanus

Probably hidden in sinks, will always look for moistures to get water. They hide from any light source so chasing them is harder than what it looks like, they easily die in dry areas and their infestation is not so worrying as the blattella germanica’s one.

Brown-branded Cockroaches (Supella longipalpa)

Supella longipalpa

The smallest ones that can be commonly found in Texas are this type (from 11 to 15 millimeters), which usually hide in closets and behind wallpapers. They always look for warm places because they need them to reproduce.

This is one of the most problematic specie because they can eat everything, even nylon! so if they find any warm place the job is done.

Smokybrown pests (Periplaneta fuliginosa)

Periplaneta fuliginosa

All the species we’ve talked about fear the light, however, the smokybrown ones feel attracted by the light and always seek it. They are nocturnal so when you are at home with opened windows, you’re inviting them home. They can fly, so high walls won’t stop these bugs at all.

There is a good new though, they don’t go inside homes unless there is available food.

Oriental roaches (Blatta orientalis)

Blatta orientalis roaches

This shiny bug comes from the United States and is one of the biggest roaches in the world. With one point twenty-five inches and six legs, this bug is commonly found in the rubbish as it is more than the ninety percent of their diet.

It hides itself in yards and dumps, but if they get the smell of your trash, they will get into your house and create a colony there. It is very hard to not see them because of their size, this is not as dangerous as the previous ones since they prefer rotten leaves which are rarely inside the houses.


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