Cockroach in Utah
Utah is located in the western region of the United States, where the temperatures are extreme. The cold temperatures in winter drops as low as -18 degree celsius due to its elevation while the sweltering summers which range around 29 to 38 °C. It is less probable to find cockroaches in the state in winters due to shallow temperature, but they do occur in summers due to the hot and humid climatic conditions.
The most commonly spotted Cockroaches in Utah are:
Latin Name: Blattella germanica
These are small pests which are ½ ” in size, Light brown or tan, with two black stripes behind their head which are less than an inch long. Despite having well-developed wings, these roaches rarely fly and prefer to crawl on surfaces.
These are generally active at night and hide in the dark during the daytime. If you see a german cockroach in the daytime, it is quite probable that they have infested in large numbers in the available cracks. They are smart bugs that can detect and avoid insecticides. They have excellent reproducing capacity and multiply very fast.
Latin Name: Periplaneta americana
These are the common species of cockroaches. With an average length of 4 cm (1.6 in), they are reddish-brown and have a yellowish margin on the region behind the head. They have wings and are capable of flight. Males and females are almost the same sizes. It is one of the most massive pests in size, which is one of the fastest running insects.
They can be found in dank sewers and damp basements and heating ducts under hospitals. They can be transported into homes in boxes from the infested areas. They can cause several allergies and contaminate food.
Latin Name: Blatta orientalis
These are shiny black to dark reddish-brown. They are about 1 inch in length. The wings of the males do not extend until the end of the abdomen. The wings of the females are reduced to short stubs at the back of the thorax. Though there are wings, they do not fly. The oriental roach is less cautious and more sluggish than other cockroaches.
These roaches feed on anything available, which ranges from all kinds of food to decaying organic matter but prefers food that is rich in carbohydrates. Oriental cockroaches tend to produce an unpleasant odor when feeding and gathering in crowds.
Latin Name: Supella longipalpa
It is one of the smallest of the invasive cockroaches, and the adult brown-banded cockroach may reach a length of 11 to 14.5 mm and tan to light brown. Brown-banded cockroaches get their name from the two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. The adult male has long wings that cover the abdomen while the females have short wings.
They are commonly found on ceilings, higher on walls, behind photo frames, and near motors of refrigerators and other electrical appliances. They also reside in electrical switches, closets, and furniture. They generally thrive in temperature between 25 and 33 °C.