Tennessee is situated in the southern region of the United States. The summer season observes an average high temperature of 32 °C, and this is the most suitable time for cockroaches to reproduce and multiply. The main cockroaches in the region are listed in this article.
1. Brown-Banded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa)
It is one of the smallest cockroaches, and the adult brown-banded cockroach may reach a length of 11 to 14.5 mm and tan to light brown. They have a long thin antenna, and body size is similar to the German cockroach. They get the 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 prefer warm and dry locations and generally thrive in temperature between 25 and 33 °C. They pose a risk as they may feed on body fluids, thereby causing infections in hospitals.
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 can live for about 206 days in a suitable environment.
2. Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis)
These cockroaches are large, shiny, and dark brown or almost black. The adult males are approximately an inch long, with wings, while females are about 1 ¼ inch long, and have only short wings. They have two lighter bands across their dark brownish bodies.
They mainly remain outdoors. They manifest in places where it’s damp, cold, and dark. These cockroaches are sometimes addressed as “waterbugs” because they hang out in moist areas.
They live in areas with decaying organic matter, such as plants and animals. They are found in leaf piles, basements, firewood, crawl spaces, mulch, and flower beds.
These can live from 34 to 180 days.
3. German Cockroach (Blattella germanica)
They are Light brown to tan and usually have a darker color in the early stages of development, which lighten to a faint brown in later stages. They have long, comprehensive, and flat bodies, with six legs and two long antennae protruding from the head. They also have two dark longitudinal lines on the shield behind their head. These are among species of cockroach that do not fly, despite having wings, which helps in catching or tracking their progress through the house.
These are often associated with poor sanitation. They cannot survive in locations away from humans or human activity. They have the ability to reproduce in huge numbers very quickly, which has given this pest the status of an enemy for houses.
These pests can often hide in small spaces and find shelters in bags, cardboard boxes, and other infested items brought inside the home without checking. They are spotted in hotels, residential areas, farm produce markets, catering establishments, swimming baths, hospitals, shops, stores, restaurants, food manufactures’, nurseries, crèches, and grain stores. The majority of the roach population is found in the kitchen or bathrooms.
They can survive for up to 100 to 200 days in normal conditions.
One should always understand the severe repercussions of roach infestations and act timely before they can cause havoc.