Are Cockroaches Common In Texas?

Cockroaches aren't just gross; they are dirty pests. Cockroaches are as comfortable in a dumpster or sewer culvert as they are in your pantry or kitchen. When they get into your home, they can expose you to more than 33 kinds of harmful bacteria, 6 types of parasitic worms, and at least 7 human pathogens. 

Therefore, learning about and eliminating cockroaches is critical for the health and safety of you and your family. There are several types of roaches in Texas, and each have slightly different physical and behavioral characteristics.

cockroach in a basement

American Cockroaches

Often found infesting homes and buildings with moisture problems, American roaches are dark-reddish brown in color with a lighter colored outline around their bodies. 

Among the largest cockroaches in Texas, they can grow to be more than three inches long and are identified by the yellowish figure eight like pattern located behind their heads. 

Both females and males have fully developed wings that are capable of flight; however, they only fly short distances or glide from a high place.

German Cockroaches

Found inside more than out, German roaches have flat, light brown or tan colored bodies and two distinctive black stripes running horizontally behind their heads.

German cockroaches also have wings but they rarely fly- preferring to run where they need to go.

Within the species of cockroaches in Texas, these scavenging pests are the most common. Like other kinds of roaches, their proclivity for warm damp places brings them into homes and businesses. 

Asian Cockroaches

Their attraction to light means you’re likely to find Asian cockroaches near exterior lights and also lights inside houses and buildings.

This type of roach in Texas appears almost identical in size and shape to German cockroaches though some may appear slightly lighter in color. They also have two dark lines behind their head. However, unlike their German cousin, Asian roaches are capable of sustained flight.

Oriental Cockroaches

Among the species of cockroaches in Texas, the Oriental Roach is the least mobile. Often found under sinks and other appliances, Oriental roaches are not able to climb or fly. These glossy black bugs are slow movers that give off a very distinctive musty and foul odor. 

 Are Roaches In Texas Dangerous?

Yes. All species of cockroaches in Texas travel through garbage piles, sewers, and over excrement and animal carcasses before they arrive in homes and businesses in Texas.

It’s not that the bugs themselves are dangerous but the germs and bacteria they bring into your homes on their bodies and their shedding skin. They can easily contaminate food, toothbrushes, and countertops.

Roaches are capable of spreading viruses, bacteria, and parasites that can make people sick.  Also, their shed skins and feces can trigger asthma attacks in people, especially children.

 Where Am I Likely To Find Cockroaches?

Behavior and species of cockroach in Texas will dictate where you will find the pest dwelling inside your home.

  •  American cockroaches commonly infest kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms. 

  • Asian Cockroaches are attracted to light, so you’re likely going to find this species near artificial light sources such as televisions or lamps.

  • German roaches like to be close to food sources, so they are usually discovered in kitchen cupboards, drawers, and behind appliances.  

  • Oriental cockroaches require water to survive and prefer to eat garbage and organic materials. Therefore, they’ll seek out dark, dank, and damp areas that are close to pipes. 

 Does Modern Offer Cockroach Control?

At Modern Pest Control, we provide pest control solutions for homes and businesses that include treatment for Texas roaches.

When you contact our company for your roach problem, we’ll start with a thorough inspection of your property to determine the type of roach and the points of entry. After analysis of the problem, we will develop a plan of action to exterminate the cockroaches from your Texas home or business. Lastly, we will survey the property and work with you to implement a protocol to eliminate future infestations.  

Contact us today for more information about our cockroach and pest control services in the Greater Houston area.

How Can I Prevent Roach Infestations?

Keeping cockroaches in Texas out of your home or business can be tricky. These pests are sneaky - they find their way inside through pipes or hitchhike into your home via boxes, furniture, or appliances. However, there are some preventative measures you can implement to help prevent these pests from making their way inside:

  • Seal cracks in the foundation

  • Fill spaces found around utility access points

  • Reduce humidity levels and correct other moisture issues

  • Repair leaking pipes and appliances

  • Inspect furniture, appliances, boxes, and packages for bugs before bringing inside

  • Check packages for signs of roaches 

  • Implement healthy sanitation practices

  • Store food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator

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