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: 

American Cockroach

Origin Name: Periplaneta americana

American Cockroach

Appearance

American cockroaches are 1½ to 1¾ inches long and reddish-brown in color. They have a lighter marking along the thorax

Habitat

They prefer warm, moist areas, including basements, sewers, storage rooms, garbage sites, heating ducts, grocery stores, bakeries, and steam tunnels. 

Behavior

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. 

Diet

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.

German Cockroach

Origin Name: Blattella germanica

German Cockroach

Appearance

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.

Habitat

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,

Behavior

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.

Diet

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. 

Oriental Cockroach

Origin Name: Blatta orientalis

Oriental Cockroach

Appearance

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. 

Habitat

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.

Behavior

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. 

Diet

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.

Conclusion

These pests need proper handling, and there are various control measures, which include sanitation, elimination of food and water sources, and using chemicals.

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