The heat is on in the Las Vegas Valley and the Bugs are out day and night!
Brown banded Cockroaches have wings and even are able to stretch these wings out but are not fliers.
Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas are desert cities surrounded by mountains and pests on ALL sides. Whether you live in an urban area with concrete and buildings or in a rural area with a mountain for your back yard you are likely to see a Cockroach this time of year. We have communities in Las Vegas called Mountains Edge that are located at the mountains edge, so no surprise all kinds of things can crawl out of the desert into your home or business.
Even in our more downtown locations closer to the strip Cockroaches rule the night, they can be seen crawling in and out of sewer drains and water meters by the hundreds! There are many different species of cockroaches in the Las Vegas Valley, most prefer to live and stay outside but an occasional invader might be expected inside especially during the hot season.
The Cockroaches found outside include the Brown Banded Cockroach, Turkestan, American, Field, and the Oriental Cockroaches. Some of these five species of cockroach can “fly”, or a better word would be hover or falling with style. Some Cockroaches like other insects are attracted to lights at night while others are nocturnal and repelled by light.
American Cockroaches for example are called Palmetto Bugs in other parts of the country and are known to be the best fliers out of the five but they still only glide and can not use their wings to fly for long distances. Turkestan Cockroaches also have the ability to use their wings to hover and so do Field cockroaches. Brown banded Cockroaches have wings and even are able to stretch these wings out but are not fliers.
Oriental cockroaches don’t even have wings only wing pads where wings should be, which is pretty useless. Alot of insects have wing pads or appendages coming out of their backs where wings used to be. The Bed Bug for instance has these such pads and male/female Cockroaches depending might have wings and might not. So what have we learned, Las Vegas Cockroaches can fly (Sort of).