They are found throughout the world as cockroaches are one of the most common pests across the country. It is very likely for you to run into roach from time to time with so many different species and the number of cockroaches roaming around. We at Animal Pest Management would like to share the fundamentals of Turkestan Cockroaches since there are a handful of species of cockroaches throughout California.
Turkestan Cockroach Identification
The males and females have only slightly different physical characteristics. Ranging from dark brown to black in color and feature cream-colored markings behind their head and along the edges of their bodies, female Turkestan cockroaches average about an inch long. Having light colored stripes on the edges, adult females also have short, rounded wings. Though share the same colored markings on the margins as the females, the males are typically orange or red and have wings that extend beyond the tip of their abdomen. Also, males are slightly smaller than the adult females.
Where Do Turkestan Cockroaches Live?
Generally, Turkestan roaches usually stay outdoors, however, the Turkestan roaches will come inside, though during the peak summertime when population and the weather is at the highest. Areas around the electrical meter boxes, cracks in concrete, fallen leaves, compost piles, potted plants, and water are preferred spaces when the Turkestan roaches found outside. Turkestan roaches are most active after dark, like most roaches.
Life Cycle of Turkestan VS Oriental Cockroach
Turkestan cockroaches have three developmental stages development: egg, nymph, and adult. In comparison to Oriental cockroaches, Turkestan cockroaches have a shorter developmental period in comparison, and the females produce considerably more eggs than the Oriental cockroach females as well. In many areas, the Turkestan roach has been able to out-compete and replace the Oriental roach population given their biological characteristic differences. Because these roaches are not shy, and fly around at nighttime, especially being drawn in by lights, homeowners know they have an infestation, generally.
Where are Turkestan Cockroaches Found?
Having populations in northeastern Africa, Central Asia, Middle East, and India, Turkestan roaches are found domestically and internationally. With recent reports have found a number of them in the Northeast as well, in the United States, they can be found throughout California and other urban cities along the Southwest and Southeast. By way of military shipments from the Middle East, these cockroaches were likely introduced to the United States. Also, this species is readily available for purchase to animal breeders, especially reptile breeders, as it the source of food for these pets. This species will likely spread throughout the country because of the distribution.
How to Prevent Turkestan Cockroach Infestations
Like other cockroach species and most other pests, cleaning up regularly and decluttering will help keep them away. Home pest sealing is another important preventive measure to provide a barrier to cockroaches entering your home. The last tip we have is to turn the heat down from time to time. Turkestan cockroaches hate the cold, so if you find them wandering in, you can try turning the heat down a little.
Cockroach Pest Inspections, Control & More in San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside & San Diego Counties, California
Turkestan cockroaches can be very difficult to control once they have entered in or around your home, since their shorter developmental time and the increase number of eggs produced. To remove this infestation, professional expertise is your most effective option. Call in the experts of Animal Pest Management today and let our professionals wipe the infestation from your home if you are over encumbered by Turkestan or other types of cockroaches.