Dark brown or black, shiny in color; oval with wings that extend their body; about 1 inch in length
Diet: Smokybrown cockroaches prefer decaying vegetation, but they are opportunistic feeders so will eat any food source available, including dead insects, meats, and sweets. They feed during late dusk or early hours of dawn.
Habitat: Smokybrown cockroaches are nocturnal and tend to stay in warm, humid climates as they are not cold-tolerant. It’s crucial for their survival that they have access to water, so prefer moist environments or wooded areas where they can hide under mulch and in tree cavities.
Threats: Similar to other cockroaches, smokybrown roaches carry various diseases and can transfer bacteria, contaminating food and surfaces. The proteins in their skin and saliva can cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma.
Control: While smokybrown cockroaches prefer the outdoors, they will enter homes if there are entry points. Ensure holes and crevices are sealed around doors, windows, and baseboards. Prevent moisture buildup with proper ventilation for crawl spaces. For further prevention, practice good sanitation in your home with frequent cleaning and repairing any water leaks that might occur.