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Wood cockroaches, also known as wood roaches, are common outdoor dwelling insects native to North America and found throughout Ontario. Their normal habitat is moist woodland areas but they frequently become a household nuisance because they wander into or are carried into houses as “accidental invaders.”
Wood cockroaches, which can grow up to one and one-quarter inches long, prefer to eat decaying organic matter and are attracted to light, whereas most roaches run from light. Females deposit their egg capsules outdoors under old logs, stumps and firewood. There is one generation of Wood cockroaches per year.
Wood roaches are very similar in appearance to the common household cockroach called the American roach; flat, oval body, long antennae, spiny legs, chestnut brown color. However, wood roaches are slightly smaller, about 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch long, and the adults, especially the males, appear tan because of the color of their wings. Adults and large nymphs of the wood roach can be recognized by a pale, creamy white or transparent stripe on the outer edge on the thorax. The pale edge extends onto the first 1/3 of the front wings of the adults.
Wood roaches that have wandered into the house usually behave differently than the household roaches. Wood roaches are not secretive; they are active both during the day and at night and they are less likely to scamper out of sight when approached. Also, they will wander about the house without congregating in any particular location.
Wood roaches do not thrive and reproduce in homes because they require the consistently moist environment of their natural habitats such as under wood piles or loose bark and in decaying logs. Indoors, their presence is strictly a temporary annoyance. They do not harm the house structure, furnishings or occupants.
Although complete eradication is not possible, These pest can be controlled or significantly reduced by yearly treatments combined with habitat modification.
A few steps that can be taken by homeowners to reduce the potential of Wood Roach problems;
- They often fly to outdoor lights at night, especially during May and June. They may enter homes via cracks through which light is visible at night
- Make sure that all windows and doors have tight-fitting screens and that exterior vents and louvers are covered with screen
- Wood roaches often inhabit firewood piles and may hitch a ride indoors on the logs. Be sure to carefully inspect each log before bringing it indoors. Store firewood away from the home or cottage
- Seal gaps around doors and windows and repair foundation cracks
- Seek Professional assistance and a Pest Prevention Plan