There are more than 4500 species of roaches with fantastic adaptability features spread all over the globe that helps them survive in even extreme conditions.
However, not all the different roaches species can be found in all the states and countries around the world.
In this article, we are going to discuss some of the cockroach species found commonly in Ohio.
Each of these roaches is described in detail to give you an outlook on the appearance and character of these bugs.
So let’s jump right in.
Different types of Roaches in Ohio
Ohio is home to many different kinds of pests due to its warm and humid conditions in summer and extreme cold in winter.
The cockroaches, nowadays, are more adaptable than they were in ancient times; they are the common insects found in almost all climatic conditions all over the world.
Their nature of adaptability and tolerability helps them to survive and sustain themselves in a world of changing nature.
Ohio is majorly home to four species of cockroaches that are considered pests, and they are found most commonly in the Northeast region of Ohio.
The four species of cockroaches found in Ohio are:
The Oriental cockroaches are also known as water bugs as they are closely enticed to the water than the land.
They are the medium-sized cockroach that measures about an inch in length.
These roaches have an infuriating and offensive smell which absolutely repels the people around them.
These roaches are glossy-black or reddish-brown and are responsible for polluting your house by spreading various serious diseases.
These cockroaches are tied closely to the cool, dark, and dank places of the house and can survive the extreme winter conditions in Ohio.
However, as the winter sets in, they shift their location from the leaf litters to the basements of the houses.
The American roaches are quite large than the other roaches as a typical size of an adult roach is around two inches, whereas the American roaches can grow as big as three inches.
These cockroaches have a tan-colored outer body and are also known as the water bugs or the Palmetto-bugs.
These roaches can survive both indoor and outdoor but they are mostly found in shaded places like gutters or under leaf litters outdoors.
These roaches tend to enter your house through the drain pipes, conduit, and duct-work carrying the most harmful bacteria in your house eventually spreading serious diseases.
The American Roaches are sensitive to light thus come out in the dark to look for food, especially fermented foods.
As they feed on these foods, they release the bacteria and other pathogens from their bodies on the food or space around, contaminating the whole space.
Brown Banded Cockroaches
The Brown-banded roaches are the smallest among all other pests measuring about 10 to 14 mm long.
These roaches received their name due to transverse bands of light-brown or tan on an adult cockroach’s wings and across on the body of young roaches or nymphs.
These cockroaches can survive in the hot and humid climates of Ohio.
However, during the winters, they tend to enter the homes for shelter to keep them warm through the infested furniture, food, grocery, and electronics.
They feed on everything from fermented foods, trash to cardboard boxes and loose tiles with adhesives.
They can be found all over the house as they can tolerate even the drier conditions; you can spot them high up on the ceilings, wall voids, cabinets, furniture, and hanging pictures.
They can spread easily and rapidly into multiple structures in the house, even the bedroom.
Once these brown-banded roaches infest your home, its difficult to then control them.
The German cockroaches are widely spread worldwide as they can easily adapt to almost all kinds of environments.
These hitchhikers enter your houses through the produce boxes, backpacks of children, and luggage bags of people.
They are typically fond of warm and humid climatic areas and are commonly found indoors, like bathrooms, kitchen, and hot water tanks.
These German roaches are also sensitive to light; therefore, they search for food in the dark unless food is limited or the population is quite high.
They habitually feed on almost everything and can survive even on crumbs and daily garbage.
They are small in size that allows them to hide in the house’s cracks and crevices to avoid being spotted and killed.
Bugs that Look Like Cockroaches in Ohio
A lot of bugs in the environment are confused with the roaches due to their resemblance in appearance.
Due to this confusion, people often use bug bombs to get rid of these lookalike bugs and are disappointed with the results.
However, these bug bombs are quite unreliable products to treat pest infestation in your house.
Some of the common bugs that are usually confused and mistaken for cockroaches are:
The crickets are often identified from their chirping sounds but are usually mistaken for cockroaches due to their visual appearance.
The black to brown exoskeleton of the crickets resembles the exoskeleton of the cockroaches.
The crickets are, however, smaller and faster than the roaches with an ability to hop around.
The crickets’ fast nature prevents us from examining the bug thoroughly and confuse it for a cockroach.
Crickets tend to stay outdoors rather than indoors.
Therefore, they are not harmful to humans, although the crickets’ chirping sound at night can be quite annoying and disturbing.
The crickets can be distinguished from the roaches from their long hind legs that provide them the ability to hop around.
The ground beetles are often confused with the roaches due to their similarity in appearance.
They have a deep red or brownish exoskeleton with a close resemblance to the roaches’ exoskeleton.
The wide wing also resembles the wings of the roaches.
These features of the ground beetles make it relatively difficult to differentiate them from the roaches.
The only distinguishing feature of the ground beetles from the roaches is the hard front wings.
Most cockroaches do not have wings; even if they do, the wings are quite soft and leathery, unlike those of beetles.
The water bugs are large can often trick you into considering them as roaches at first sight.
These bugs have an affinity for water and are mostly near or around the water sources.
The exterior of the water bugs resembles the roaches, but they also have distinctive features to help them differentiate.
The size of the water bugs is relatively larger than the roaches, and their bite is pretty painful.
The large pincers located in the front portion of the body easily distinguishes them from cockroaches.
Asian Long-Horned Beetles
The Asian Long-Horned beetles resemble cockroaches because of their shape and size.
They are also known as Starry Sky beetle.
They have quite a few features that distinguish them from the roaches in many ways.
The beetle’s large shape and size differentiate it from the roaches as they cannot exceed the length of 13 inches.
It’s often said that cockroaches can survive nuclear wars and even apocalypse without any difficulty!
So it’s safe to assume that these pesky pests are not planning to leave anytime sooner.
The same goes for these bugs in the beautiful state of Ohio, where they exist in large numbers and tend to invade residential properties when no one is looking.
You can also call an exterminator in case of an infestation and prevent them from entering your homes, or business spaces.
In the end, no matter which state you are in, these hell-raisers can always find their way back to you!