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To say there is a wide variety of cockroaches in the world would be a bit of an understatement. There are over 3500 different kinds of cockroaches worldwide, and around 69 of them live right here in the United States. But don't worry, we aren't going to be covering all those creepy crawlies in this article. We are going to focus on pest roaches that are found here Tennessee. While not a savory topic to discuss, it is important to know a few important facts about these disgusting insects, just in case they find their way into your home or business. It doesn't take long for invading cockroaches to become a nightmare. For every cockroach you see, there's a good chance that there are dozens more, or even hundreds, hiding within your walls, behind appliances, in crawl spaces, and more. Here's what you need to know.

Brown Banded Cockroach

These are among the smallest cockroaches, only about ⅝ of an inch long. They come in colors ranging from tan to light brown, have two light wings with the male's wings covering their abdomen and the female's being a bit shorter. These cockroaches prefer to live in homes or apartments and are generally found in the Northeast, the South, and the Midwestern United States. Unlike other roaches that tend to prefer warm, moist environments, the brown-banded cockroach inhabits areas that are less humid and warmer--at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Once inside a structure, these roaches tend to hang out on ceilings, in attics, or around appliance motors. All of which are places where it is very warm.

American Cockroach

The American cockroach, also known as the waterbug, ship cockroach, kakerlac, and Bombay canary, and sometimes misidentified as a palmetto bug, is the largest species of common cockroach. In fact, they can grow to be up to 2 inches long. The American cockroach is reddish-brown or chestnut in coloring and is marked by a distinctive yellowish figure eight pattern on the back of its head. From each side of its body, there are three long legs that are lined with pointy spines, and slender antennae protrude from its head, which helps it locate food sources. The wings on the males are slightly longer than those of females. These roaches prefer to live in warm moist areas such as basements, furnace rooms, and heating ducts.

German Cockroach

This cockroach species is much smaller than the American cockroach, measuring only about ½ to ⅝ of an inch. Its color varies from almost black to tan and it has 2 dark, parallel streaks running from behind its head to the base of its wings. Though it has wings, it rarely flies. This type of cockroach is widely troublesome and is particularly associated with restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels, and apartment complexes. Since they cannot survive severe cold, they mostly live indoors. Like other roaches, they have a wide range of foods in their diet. Though they are prone to eating fatty foods, meats, starches and sugars, they will also resort to eating substances such as glue, soap, and toothpaste, even going as far as eating each other's wings and legs.

Oriental Cockroach

This cockroach is shiny black to a dark reddish brown in color and grows to be around 1 inch long. Males of this type of cockroach have a narrow body with long wings, and the females have a wider body with shorter wings. Oriental cockroaches are not able to fly. These roaches primarily live outdoors, mostly found beneath mulch, in leaf piles, beneath stones or other debris. But, if they have access, they will thrive in places such as the voids or openings beneath porches, inside wall voids, and in crawlspaces. In urban areas, Oriental cockroaches can be found in large populations living in sewers and storm drains. These roaches are famous for feeding on garbage and decaying organic matter.

No matter what type of cockroach you may be seeing inside your Tennessee home or business, they are all bad. Bad for your health. Bad for morale. Bad for business. If you need help eradicating and controlling cockroaches, you can trust the pest specialists here at Russell's Pest Control. Reach out to us for immediate assistance.


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