Cockroach Identification & Prevention

What Are Cockroaches?

The cockroach is a common species of insect that lives all throughout the world, preferably near people. These armor-coated pests have oval-shaped bodies with six legs and two antennae that are the same length or longer than their bodies, and some may have fully developed wings. In the United States, there are about 55 species of cockroaches.

Three of the most common species of cockroaches here in the Dallas Metropolitan area are listed below:

American cockroach
These cockroaches are large and reddish-brown in color, with a yellowish figure-8 pattern located behind their heads. American cockroaches have fully developed wings and are strong flyers.

German cockroach
The German cockroach is light brown to tan in color, with two black stripes running horizontally behind their heads. These cockroaches are capable of flying but rarely do.

Oriental cockroach
Adult Oriental cockroaches grow up to an inch long and have dark, shiny brown bodies. Females have wide bodies and short wings, while males have narrow bodies and longer wings; despite possessing wings, Oriental cockroaches can not fly.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are dangerous pests because they spread diseases that can make people very ill, contaminate food, create unpleasant odors, exacerbate allergies, and trigger asthma attacks. Cockroaches also ruin personal items like books, clothing, curtains, and furniture with their excrement or by feeding on them. Having a cockroach infestation is also unnerving and can create stressful days and sleepless nights.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

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How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Keep disease-spreading cockroaches out of your Dallas Metro area home or business with the following prevention tips:

  • Place a barrier between any mulch and your structure’s foundation.
  • Outdoor trash cans and compost bins should have locking lids.
  • Remove areas of clutter where cockroaches can hide.
  • Seal gaps or cracks in your foundation.
  • Fix leaky pipes, fixtures, and faucets.
  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels.
  • Inside keep all food in airtight containers or the refrigerator.
  • Install weather stripping around all exterior windows and doors.
  • Wash dirty dishes, vacuum regularly, and remove trash from your property daily.
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