Massachusetts is the most populous state and is located in the northern United States. It has an essential role in the history of the United States in scientific, commercial, and cultural aspects. This state is generally cooler than many of the other regions in the U.S., so roaches are limited and visible mostly in summers. Only three species of cockroaches are found here, which are also not prevalent because the summer high temperature here is 27-degree celsius, which is not too hot.

The types of Cockroaches in Massachusetts are:

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

Scientific Name: Blatta orientalis

Appearance

These are also known as black beetles, waterbugs, or shad roach. The male roaches are about an inch long, while the female counterparts are about 1 ¼ inch long, and are shiny dark brown with rarely having other colored markings along its wings or head. The female of this species has a broader body with short wings, while the male’s body is narrower and has longer wings. Despite having wings, these roaches are unable to fly.

Habitat

Oriental roaches can be found in cold, dark, and damp areas like basements, bathrooms, and in abandoned washing machines. While they primarily live outdoors during hotter months for reproduction, they may harbor your home during the winter in search of food and protected areas to thrive.

American Cockroach

American Cockroach

Scientific Name: Periplaneta americana

Appearance

The American cockroach is a giant cockroach. The adult body length is approximately 38mm. The antennae extending from the head equals the body if they are intact in their original size. They are reddish-brown with a yellowish edge on the pronotum. They have strong wings and are capable of flying.

Habitat

They are attracted to areas where they can thrive and multiply quickly. They can be found in kitchens and bathrooms where it is warm, moist, and areas close to food sources. They can also survive in dry areas if they have easy availability of water.

German Cockroach

German Cockroach

Scientific Name: Blattella germanica

Appearance

An adult German cockroach grows to between ⅝ to ½ an inch. But, before it gets to this small size, it is even smaller, they are tan to brown and have two dark stripes just behind the back of the head. They have fully developed wings, but you will rarely see them flying.

Habitat

This pest loves to stay indoors, and it is one of the most challenging jobs to eradicate them from indoor environments. They prefer a warm, humid, dark, and well-hidden environment and can be found anywhere in cupboards, up under kitchen sinks, in drawers, closets, etc.

Steps Required for Prevention of Roaches

  1. Move food into sealed containers from easily opened packaging boxes.
  2. Spray a residual insecticide on the exterior of your home every 60-90 days to keep roaches out.
  3. Keep bathroom floors, counters, and sinks clean.
  4. Make sure window screens, door sweeps, and weather stripping are completely sealed to stop roaches from entering the house.
  5. Seek professional help if you spot a roach infestation in your house.

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