Brown hardbodied insects in and around the home? Could be woodroaches. Find out about these cockroaches and what to do.
What is it?
These insects are also known as outdoor-originating cockroaches. There are several types such as the American cockroach of the periplaneta species, the smoky-brown cockroach of the p.fuliginosa species, and the Asian cockroach of the blattella asahinai species.
What does it look like?
They are small, light to dark brown, hardbodied insects. You will find them outdoors in ground covers, leaf litter, woodpiles and other similarly protected areas. They occasionally wander indoors. The only damage aside from unsightliness these roaches cause is the eating of decaying plant and animal materials.
How does it manifest?
Wood roaches live mainly outdoors where that are scavengers of decaying plant and animal materials. They are most likely to wander indoors if areas inside are more hospitable than areas outside, such as in times of severe weather. They are also more likely to migrate indoors if areas around the house are suitable places for them to live and breed such as habitats like woodpiles, groundcovers, compost and similar debris.
What can you do about it?
Roaches are best kept out of the house by keeping woodpiles, compost and similar habitats away from the home. Additionally, remove any vegetation that is dense or has turned to debris from areas around the home’s foundation. It would also be wise to seal up any cracks and crevices where possible to prevent entry. Once you‘ve cleaned up litter and debris near the home, you can apply a spray containing diazinon around the foundation and nearby groundcovers. This should encompass a five-foot band in these areas. Regardless of where your woodpile is, it’s always a good idea to check wood before bringing it indoors. Roaches are known for their ability to blend and hide.