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The smokybrown cockroach is a large species of cockroach which can be easily found in the southern United States, Japan and Australia. In the United States they are most readily found in states with tropical climates like Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi and other moist and warm Gulf coastal states.
What Does A Smokybrown Cockroach Look Like?
Smokybrown cockroaches are often mistaken for American cockroaches due to the fact that they are similarly sized and are, in fact, closely related. There are distinct differences, however, with smokybrown cockroaches having dark and shiny thoraxes, as opposed to American cockroaches who have a light-rimmed pattern on their thoraxes.
Moreover, American cockroaches are reddish-brown with a yellowish outline around their bodies while smokybrown cockroaches are evenly dark brown-mahogany in color. Smokybrown cockroaches can get up to 1 and 1/2 inches in length, which might account for why they are one of several species that may be referred to as “palmetto bugs.”
Smokybrown Cockroach Behavior
Smokybrown cockroaches are detritivores, which means that they eat decomposing plant material. They are also known to feed on a wide range of other living organic matter. Outside, they live in this detritus and inside trees during warmer months if in an unfavorable climate. The smokybrown cockroach is not cold-tolerant and will try to survive colder climates by moving to an indoor climate-controlled location.
These cockroaches are not considered pests, typically, but can become pests in your home if they find their way into attics or crawl spaces where they may find inviting conditions. Once established in these areas, these cockroaches will venture into the other areas of your home. To lessen the possibility of smokybrown cockroaches in your home, make sure to keep your crawl spaces and attics properly vented.
They are excellent fliers and are prone to dehydration. They are nocturnal and will forage during the night when they might crawl up the outsides of homes or other structures where they can crawl into gutters and eventually into cracks that lead to attics or other spaces in your home.
If you have found smokybrown cockroaches in your home, especially if you have found them in your attic or crawl spaces, contact a pest control specialist for help as they can be difficult to eliminate completely.
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