Pennsylvania wood cockroaches are most often carried into homes under the bark of firewood. They are attracted to lights at night and may gain entry indoors. Not only do American cockroaches reproduce quickly, they also live longer than most, with an average lifespan of two years. Intolerant to the cold, this pest can survive in moist and dry environments. To preclude a contamination, check all firewood which you brought into the home. About 3,500 cockroach species exist worldwide, with 55 species found in the United States. It is very hardy and can be resilient and difficult to control. Treat exteriors only when wood cockroaches enter homes from the surrounding environment. The wood cockroaches are widely living in the eastern, southern, and midwestern American states, up to Canada. They are attracted to lights at night and may gain entry indoors. Wood cockroaches are very similar in appearance to the common household cockroach called the American roach; flat, oval body, long antennae, spiny legs, chestnut brown color. Other problem roaches include the German cockroach, American cockroach, Brownbanded cockroach and the Oriental cockroach. If you have an infestation, please call us immediately to schedule a free estimate. They have the dark brown bodies with lighter brown wings. The males fly swiftly but do not have the ability to sustain themselves in the air for long periods. Structural and environmental modifications and repairs, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "ITIS Standard Report Page: Parcoblatta pensylvanica", "Synonyms of Pennsylvania wood cockroach (Parcoblatta pennsylvanica)", "Common names for Pennsylvania wood cockroach (Parcoblatta pennsylvanica)", "Annotated checklist of cockroaches of Florida (Dictyoptera: Blattaria: Blattidae, Polyphagidae, Blattellidae, Blaberidae)", "Records of the orthopteroid insects in Ontario", "The Canadian orthopteroid insects summarized and updated, including a tabular check-list and ecological notes", http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/pennsylvania-wood-cockroaches, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pennsylvania_wood_cockroach&oldid=944444015, Articles needing additional references from March 2014, All articles needing additional references, Taxonbars with automatically added original combinations, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 7 March 2020, at 21:52. During the mating season try to keep turned off your porch light, especially in late May and June, when the males are often in flight. Read and follow directions and safety precautions on labels. You can simply recognize them from other pests because of their behaviour and preferences. Predominantly an outdoor insect, these pests enter the home when attracted to night lights, food or shelter. Outdoor and Indoor treatments around windows and doors and along the foundation and proper crack and crevice treatments inside will help in reducing wood roach numbers.