Subject: Cockroach or no!??
Geographic location of the bug: Seabrook New Hampshire USA
Time: 09:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello! Found this little bugger in the corner of my bedroom.. he didn’t scatter away when the light was turned on and didn’t move when I got close. Please help me relax! Is this something I should be worried about infesting my home? Thank you for your time.
How you want your letter signed: Concerned home owner
Dear Concerned home owner,
This is a male Wood Cockroach, and it will not infest your home, but they are attracted to lights. We suspect it is a Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach, Parcoblatta pennsylvanica, based on this BugGuide image. According to the Colonial Pest Control Blog: “You may have already figured out that you are more likely to be visited by wood roaches if you live in a wooded area. These cockroaches are common in woods where they feed on decaying organic matter. Around homes, wood roaches can sometimes be found in gutters, potted plants, under cedar shake or other wood siding, or in firewood. Wood cockroaches are seldom seen except during their mating season which lasts from late May into June in our area.”