Missouri is located in the western United States. The state played an important role in the westward expansion of the U.S. Missouri faces extreme temperatures, the summers are hot, and winters are freezing. The state also is home to many pests, and cockroaches are one major bug found here. Among thousands of species, the common ones found in Missouri are mentioned below.

German Cockroach

German Cockroach

Description

These are small in size, ranging from 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch in length and medium yellowish-brown in color and have two dark parallel stripes on the anterior, dorsal portion of the thorax. Nymphs are small, dark, and have only a single strip on the dorsal side. Their preferred locations are those that provide enough food, moisture, warmth, and shelter. 

Behavior

These are terrestrial and live in mixed-family aggregates, which consist of almost equal numbers of males and female cockroaches. These generally forage at night. They are adapted for running and quick in action. 

American Cockroach

American Cockroach

Description

This is a reddish-brown, about 1.5 inches long or longer than that, winged, but does not fly. They become more reddish-brown in appearance as they mature. The wings of males are longer than the female wings. Young cockroaches are gray to brown in color. These generally cannot survive in temperatures less than 25 °F.

Behavior

These appear to have consistently different personalities while seeking shelter. They prefer warm and damp areas. They are quick runners and excellent flyers.

Brown-banded Cockroach

Brown-banded Cockroach

Description

It is one of the smallest of the invasive cockroaches, and the adult brown-banded cockroach may reach a length of 11 to 14.5 mm. They get their name from the two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. They are commonly found on ceilings, higher on walls, behind photo frames, and near motors of refrigerators and other electrical appliances.

Behavior

They pose a risk as they may feed on body fluids, thereby causing infections in hospitals. They prefer warm and dry locations and generally thrive in temperature between 25 and 33 °C. 

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

Description

These are also known as Black Cockroaches because of their appearance. These are shiny black to dark reddish-brown. They are about 1 inch in length. They manifest in places where it’s damp, cold, and dark.

Behavior

These are mainly outdoor pests who might occasionally enter buildings in search of forage. They love hanging out in moist areas, and that is why they are also referred to as “waterbugs.” They are most active early in the evening and are located at ground level.

The Occasional Visitor

Wood Cockroach

Wood Cockroach

Description

These are Yellowish-brown and range between 12 to 30 mm in length. The adult males are tan-colored due to their wings. They are outdoor-living cockroaches that don’t seek buildings, although you may see one occasionally in homes that use firewood. These roaches live in moist, outdoor areas such as woodpiles, inside decaying logs, and under the loose bark of trees, trunks, or branches.

Behavior

Wood roaches do not seek the dark corners of your home as they do not breed indoors. They usually avoid social structures, but they are drawn to light. Their reproducing rate is quick.

Conclusion

It would be great to act as soon as possible in case of handling cockroach infestations because they are a threat to the cleanliness and the health of people living in the houses.

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