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Cockroaches – Know Them To Conquer Them

Cockroach prefers a warm, humid, dark environment. They are usually found in tropical or other mild climates. Only a few species have become pests. Cockroaches damage more material than it consumes, and emits a disagreeable odor. Their diet includes both plant and animal products. Cockroaches eat food, paper, clothing, and books to dead insects, especially bedbugs. Texas has two pest roach species: American and German cockroach.

American Cockroach

American Cockroach

  • A native of tropical and subtropical America
  • Length is 30 to 50 mm (up to about 2 inches) long
  • It is Reddish brown
  • Lives outdoors or in dark heated indoor areas (e.g., basements and furnace rooms).
  • Average lifespan of 1.5 years,
  • Female cockroach deposits 50 or more oothecae, each containing about 16 eggs that hatch after 45 days.
  • The American cockroach has well-developed wings. However, most species are not good flyers.

German Cockroaches

  • The German cockroach a common household pest sometimes erroneously called a waterbug
  • Light brown with two dark stripes on the prothoracic region.
  • The female produces the ootheca three days after mating
  • Three or more generations may occur yearly.
  • It is small (about 12 mm [less than 0.5 inch] long), this cockroach often is carried into homes in grocery bags and boxes.

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