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Types Of Roaches In Pennsylvania

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Although cockroaches aren't quite as bad in Pennsylvania as they are in the southern states, we definitely have more of a problem with them than people living up in the northern states. But this fits right in with our state's nickname, the Keystone State. We were named that because we were right in the middle of the original 13 colonies. So, it is fitting that we are also in the middle when it comes to cockroaches. Here are five types of cockroaches found here in the Keystone state.


German cockroach

The German cockroach (Blattella germanica) fully grown is about ½ to ⅝ of an inch long, pale to medium brown, with two dark stripes on its anterior dorsal portion of its thorax. Though both male and female adult cockroaches have well developed wings, neither have the ability to fly. A female German cockroach carries one egg capsule in the rear of her abdomen until the eggs are ready to hatch. These roaches tend to live exclusively indoors, preferring warmer and more humid areas in a structure, such as kitchens and bathrooms. They can become a big problem if left unchecked, as they are carriers of disease and allergens.

Oriental cockroach

Commonly referred to as water bugs, black beetles, or shad roaches, Oriental cockroaches can be found in all parts of the United States. They measure roughly 1 ¼ of an inch for the females, and 1 inch for the males. The female Oriental cockroach cannot fly, as she sports only tiny rudimentary wings called wing pads; and although the male has wings that cover about ¾ of its abdomen, it cannot fly either. Adult oriental cockroaches are dark brown to almost black and usually have a greasy-looking sheen to its body. Though primarily an outdoor species, these roaches can become a problem in the warmer months when they take up residence around landscaping beds and congregate beneath moist gutters, scurrying out from storm drains and sewer grates at night. They also can be found infesting rooms that are kept moist, dark, and undisturbed.

American cockroach

These large cockroaches, which are also known as palmetto bugs; water bugs; or flying water bugs, are the largest type of cockroach, sometimes growing larger than 1 ½ inches in length. These are a reddish brown with a yellow or pale brown border. Both male and female American cockroaches have wings, with the male's wings extending beyond their abdomen. Both are capable of flight in the adult stage. Although they can only fly short distances, if they start up high, they are able to glide for longer distances. These bugs usually live outdoors, but they do venture inside in search of water or food. Once inside, American cockroaches will typically be found in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms.

Brown-banded cockroach

These roaches are smaller than most other cockroaches, measuring in at only about ½ of an inch. They are light brown and easy to tell apart from the German cockroach by the presence of 2 lighter transverse bands that run from one side to the other across the base of their wings and abdomen. On young roaches and females, these bands are more noticeable. Also, the bands can be broken or irregular in shape. Although both adult males and females have wings, only the males of this type of cockroach have the ability to fly. Once these roaches get inside, they tend to congregate on ceilings, in attics, and in or around appliance motors. They are mostly active at night, but can be seen, at times, wandering in search of food during the day.

Wood cockroach

These cockroaches measure ¾ to 1 ¼ inches in length. Often confused with German or American cockroaches, the males appear tan because of the color of their wings. Female wood cockroaches are wingless and are rarely seen. Both female and male wood cockroaches have a translucent stripe on the outside edge of their wings and the outside edge of their thorax. These roaches are sometimes called "accidental invaders" because they live outdoors but sometimes get carried inside homes. Male wood cockroaches sometimes enter man-made structures in May and June when they are following the pheromone scent of females.

Contact Moyer Pest Control

If you are having an issue with any of the above cockroaches here in the Keystone State, give us a call or reach out to us right here on our website. Help from Moyer Pest Control is just a call or click away.

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