Iowa is located in the Midwestern United States and has abundant natural vegetation as from the east; it is bordered by the Mississippi River and the Missouri River and Big Sioux River to the west. It is also considered to be one of the safest cities in the United States. Having said that, the problem of cockroaches is one of the significant issues in this state, too, as it has a humid subtropical region.

The types of Cockroaches in Iowa are mentioned below:

German Cockroach

German Cockroach

Scientific Name: Blattella Germanica

This is the most dangerous species among all the others as they are resistant to certain insecticides. These are small in size, ranging from 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch in length and medium yellowish-brown in color. German roaches can be distinguished from other cockroaches by two dark parallel stripes on the anterior, dorsal portion of the thorax.

The preferred habitats by these cockroaches are Kitchens, bathrooms, and other locations that provide food, moisture, warmth, and shelter.

American Cockroach

American Cockroach

Scientific Name: Periplaneta Americana

These roaches are native to Africa despite the name. These cockroaches are giant up to 1.5 inches, have wings, and are reddish-brown with a lighter border over the head. These can fly short distances.

 They occur in the dark, damp, warm areas, often near steam pipes, in sewers, grease traps, wet basements, etc. They mostly happen to be in restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, breweries, pet shops, and other establishments where food is prepared or stored. They can survive for up to two years.

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

Scientific Name: Blatta orientalis

The oriental cockroach is approximately 1 inch long and dark brown to black. Males have wings covering 3/4 of their body, and the female has very short wings. These cockroaches are often called “black beetle cockroaches” because of their smooth, dark bodies. 

They live in areas with decaying organic matter, such as plants and animals. They manifest in places where it’s damp, cold, and dark. These cockroaches are sometimes addressed as “waterbugs” because they hang out in moist areas.

Weather In Iowa

Iowa faces extremely hot weather in summers, and it is freezing in winter. Though cockroaches might not infest in winters and may die due to chilly climatic conditions but they occur in summers and gradually multiply within a brief period due to their excellent reproducing abilities. The hot weather helps them to sustain, and a little carelessness on the part of house owners allows them to harbor the place.

Control methods

  • The trash can should have a tight lid so that the waste odor doesn’t spread across your house.
  • Regular maintenance of all the pipe fittings in your home can also help in regulating the occurrence of cockroaches.
  • Increase the ventilation of your house to prevent condensation.
  • Reducing the humidity and increasing the light in problem areas will help control roach infestations.
  • The use of sticky traps can be of great rescue to capture and prevent existing roaches.

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