Cockroaches are one of the four most common indoor insect pests in all US states, the others being termites, ants and flies. However, no US state sees a greater abundance of cockroach pests than Texas. The abundance of cockroach pests in Texas is largely due to the state’s relatively high number of large metropolitan areas where cockroach pests thrive. Five Texas cities can be found on the top 15 most populated metropolitan areas in the US. Texas’ geographic location and climate also contribute to the prevalence of cockroach pests in the state, as numerous cockroach pests are well suited to the desert landscape in the southwest, but the subtropical southeast sees the highest rate of cockroach infestations due to the wet and humid climate along the Gulf Coast. Not long ago, a leading technical journal, Pest Management Professional, carried out a nationwide survey that aimed to ascertain which cockroach species are most commonly encountered in homes and buildings throughout the US. According to the pest control professionals surveyed, eight of the nine most common indoor roach species in the US can be found in Texas.
Have you ever encountered a flying cockroach in your home?