Pennsylvania is not an extremely hot or freezing state. Therefore cockroach infestation is not very common to this place or is not prevalent like many of the northern states of America. However, some of them can be seen in areas. 

The species of roaches found here are:

German Cockroach

German Cockroach

This roach is small, growing to a length of 13-16 mm, nocturnal, penny-sized, and has a high speed that can quickly escape into cracks and crevices in the wall. These are recognized by their light brown or tan color

Male: males spend the majority of their time in harborage even at night.

Female: These tend to be darker than males. Reproducing females are quite active.

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

These are commonly referred to as ‘water bugs,’ ‘black beetles,’ or ‘shad roaches.’ They are dark brown to almost black and usually have a seeming greasy sheen to its body.

Male: These are 1 inch in length. The male has wings that cover about ¾ of its abdomen, and it cannot fly.

Female: They measure roughly 1 ¼ of an inch. The female Oriental cockroach cannot fly, as she sports only tiny rudimentary wings called wing pads.

American Cockroach

American Cockroach

They are reddish-brown and have a yellowish margin on the pronotum (portion behind the head). Nymph cockroaches almost resemble adult cockroaches except for the fact that they do not have wings.

Male: The length is 30 to 50 mm (up to about 2 inches) long, has wings, and can fly but not for too long.

Female: These are comparatively shorter than males and have wings and can fly short distances.

Brown-banded Cockroach

Brown-banded Cockroach

The Brown Banded Cockroach is often confused with the German Roach. They have two light, irregular bands along with their wings.

Male: The adult males are 13-14.5 mm long and more prominent than adult females. These can fly.

Female: These are shorter than adult males as these are 10-12 mm in length. Female cockroaches cannot fly and have a distinctly larger abdomen than the male.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Pennsylvania wood cockroaches are dark brown. The thorax and the front part of their wings are outlined in a whitish-yellow shade.

Male: These grow to be about 1 inch long. Males also have fully developed wings and can fly for a short period.

Female: The females are slightly smaller in size than the male and only grow to be about ¾ of an inch, have short underdeveloped wings, and are not able to fly.

What temperature will kill these Cockroaches?

Cockroaches do not survive at frigid temperatures, and it is not possible for them to live below 0 degrees fahrenheit. They are, therefore, mostly found in areas where it is hot or humid. The cockroaches generally prefer temperatures like humans only. They automatically die at icy temperatures.

Prevention and Control Measures to Get Rid of Roaches

  1. Homemakers should keep counters, sinks, and tables free of clutter. Ensure that there are no dishes piled up in the sink or spills marinated on the shelf.
  2. Insecticides can be applied to basement walls and other infested sites. Residual sprays can be used in and around the perimeter of an infested structure. 
  3. Pellet baits are extremely useful in controlling cockroaches.
  4. Keep dense vegetation, firewood piles away from your home.
  5. Rinse cans, bottles, and plastics carefully before throwing them in recycling bins and empty the containers daily.

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