What types of roaches are most common in Texas?

In Texas, the climate is favorable to many insects including cockroaches.  Read on to learn more about the types of roaches we encounter most in our part of Texas. 

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.  They are often 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. 

 Asian Cockroaches

Their attraction to light means you’re likely to find Asian cockroaches near exterior lights and also lights inside houses and buildings.  Almost identical in size to German roaches, this species of cockroach also has two dark stripes behind their head.  Unlike German ones, Asian roaches are very good fliers, capable of sustained flight. 

 Oriental Cockroaches

Often found under sinks and other appliances, Oriental roaches are not able to climb and thought they have wings, are not able to fly.  These glossy black bugs are slow movers that give off a very distinctive musty and foul odor. 


Are cockroaches dangerous?

Yes.  Cockroaches 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 what they carry in on their bodies.  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?

Where roach infestations occur often depend on the species invading.  For example, American cockroaches commonly infest kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms while you’re probably going to find Asian cockroaches near artificial light sources such as the T.V. and lamps.  German roaches like to be close to food sources so they are usually discovered in kitchen cupboards and drawers, and behind appliances.  Oriental cockroaches require water to survive so they’ll seek out dark, quiet 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 roaches. When you contact our company for your roach problem, we’ll start with a thorough inspection to determine what type of roach is infesting and based on our findings, develop a plan of action that gets rid of cockroaches! Contact us today for more information about our cockroach control services in Greater Houston.


How can I prevent roach infestations?

Keeping roaches out can be tricky as these pests enter under their own steam or are introduced by accident in boxes or packages, on furniture or appliances, and other items carried inside.  Listed below are some helpful tips to help you prevent roach infestations from occurring.

  • 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 before
  • Implement good sanitation practices
  • Do not leave food out on the counter but rather store in sealed containers or in the refrigerator


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