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Pest has two or more structures extending from rear end, and …

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option 1Pest appears flattened with oval/shield-like structure covering head

  • insect is light yellow or tan to reddish brown
  • fast moving

option 2Pest is not flattened

  • Pest jumps when disturbed/approached

COCKROACHES

American cockroach
American cockroach (1 3/8-2 1/8", 34-53 mm)

 

german cockroach
German cockroach
(1/2-5/8", 13-16mm)
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Cockroaches

 

wood cockroach
wood cockroach
(7/8-1 1/8", 22-30 mm)
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Occasional Invaders

CRICKETS, KATYDIDS, GRASSHOPPERS

cricket
field cricket
(1/2-1 1/8", 13-30 mm)

 

house cricket
house cricket (1/2-1 1/8", 13-30 mm)

 

mole cricket
mole cricket, (3/4-1 1/4", 19-33 mm) photo by Johnny N. Dell, Bugwood.org

 

tree cricket
tree cricket, photo by David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org

 

grasshopper
grasshopper (1 1/5-2 1/8", 42-55 mm)

 

katydid
katydid, (1-5", 25-127 mm), photo by Albert (Bud) Mayfield, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Occasional Invaders

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Unless otherwise noted, all photos and illustrations by NYS IPM Staff