Turkestan cockroaches are a species of cockroach that is native to Central Asia. They have been introduced to many other parts of the world, including North America, Australia and South Africa.
Turkestan cockroaches are one of the largest species of cockroach in the world. They can grow up to 2 inches long, which is longer than most other species of cockroach. Turkestan cockroaches have a tan-colored body and they have two light stripes on their thoraxes (upper bodies) that run down their backs.
Turkestan Cockroach Habitat
Turkestan cockroaches like warm humid climates and can be found in damp places such as cellars, sewers, basements, kitchens etc.. They can also be found outdoors under stones or plant debris during daytime but at night they hide inside houses or other buildings to avoid predators such as cats, dogs etc. Turkestan cockroaches feed on organic matter such as plants.
What are the differences between the Turkestan and German Cockroaches
Adult German cockroaches are about 1/2 inch long (13 mm), wingless and brownish-red with two parallel dark stripes on their backs (see photo below). Their bodies are covered with tiny hairs that give them a grayish appearance when viewed under a microscope.
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If you suspect a cockroach problem in your home or business, contact Killroy Pest Control. Call us today to schedule a free inspection. We’ll come to your home and examine the problem areas. We can help you get rid of the pests that are causing you problems and help you prevent future infestations.
Types of Cockroaches in the Bay Area
The German Cockroach is the most common type of cockroach. They are small, brown, and have two dark stripes on their back.
The Brown-banded Cockroach is a distant fourth as they are very uncommon in our climate. They are small, brown, and have two dark bands on their back.