We have had a number of calls from customers this season concerned that they have roaches.
Fortunately for our customers, most of these calls were false alarms. Although they did find a roach in their house, it usually turned out to be the wood roach.
Wood roaches are attracted to the lights shining through an open doorway or window at night. They can fly in when a door is opened, through a hole in your screen or catch a ride on your shoulder if you don’t happen to notice them.
The adult wood roach is 1″ to 1 1/4″ long and chestnut brown in color. The males are strong fliers whereas the females do not fly.
In contrast, the dreaded German cockroach, is usually about 5/8 in length, dullish brown in color with two parallel stripes on the pronotum or head shield.
The wood roach feeds mostly on decaying organic matter. They rarely breed indoors and are actually just looking for a way back outside.
They are most bothersome during mating season, which is mainly in May & June.
If you come across what you think is a roach and are unsure what type it is, give us a call and we can stop by and identify it for you.
To learn more about Kansas related pests visit our Pest Library and Knowledge Center.
If you need to contact us about pest control issues please call 800-966-9599 and speak to one of our representatives.