Oklahoma is situated in the southern United States, and the weather is relatively warmer here. The southern states are most affected by the cockroaches, and this region is one of them due to the favorable weather conditions, which allows cockroaches to subside.
Though there are several species of cockroaches, the most frequent visitors in the state are:
Origin Name: Periplaneta americana
American cockroaches are 1½ to 1¾ inches long and reddish-brown in color. They have a lighter marking along the thorax
They prefer warm, moist areas, including basements, sewers, storage rooms, garbage sites, heating ducts, grocery stores, bakeries, and steam tunnels.
An American cockroach can travel more than three miles per hour. American roaches enter homes to find water or food or shelter. These are often called “palmetto bugs” because they live on trees.
This species of roaches are omnivorous and opportunistic when it comes to feeding. It can consume anything from decaying organic matter to sweets, paper, boots, hair, bread, fruit, book bindings, fish, peanuts, old rice, and dead insects as well.
Origin Name: Blattella germanica
Individuals are ½ to ⅝ inch long and pale brown in color, with two parallel dark-brown streaks behind their heads. At the nymphal stage, they are about 1⁄8 inch long when they hatch. They are utterly dark, excluding a light brownish area in the middle of their body.
These are considered to be indoor or domestic species who love to stay near human beings. German cockroaches are usually found in warm, moist areas like restrooms, greenhouses and food preparation areas, kitchen appliances, sinks, and cabinets,
A female German roach will live for six months on an average. During this lifespan, she can have 180 to 320 offspring. German cockroach females protect their egg cases by carrying them around. These offspring also multiply at a similar rate, and hence a roach infestation can quickly convert into thousands.
They consume glue and book bindings. They also have a unique attraction towards sweets, meats, starchy food, greasy food items, pieces of bread, gravies, and almost any of the human or pet food.
Origin Name: Blatta orientalis
Oriental cockroaches are 1¼ inches long and dark brown in color. The nymphs are about 1⁄4 inch long when they hatch and go from red to brown as they develop.
They prefer cold, dark, wet areas such as damp basements, bathtubs, floor drains, grease traps, and sewers where decaying organic matter is present. This cockroach is also known for its infamous behavior, climbing water pipes to reach the upper floors of apartments.
A female oriental cockroach will produce 128 eggs during her lifetime. These roaches are incredibly elusive in particular and are capable of hiding in plain sight. These cockroaches emit a very pungent, musty odor.
One of the primary reasons for these roaches entering houses is their love for food rich in starch. They Forage on garbage, eat sewage, crumbs, spills, and tiny scraps of food and other decaying foods.
These pests need proper handling, and there are various control measures, which include sanitation, elimination of food and water sources, and using chemicals.