What do smokey brown cockroaches look like?


Unlike many other native cockroaches, smokey brown cockroaches are fantastic flyers and have strong wings that extend past their bodies. These insects are shiny black or mahogany in color and grow to be 1 ¼ inches long. Nymphs have a similar coloration to adults but have the addition of a whitish-colored stripe on the thorax and the tips of their antennae. Smokey brown cockroaches are most common in southern states, as they enjoy warm areas and high humidity. 

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What do smokey brown cockroaches eat?

Smokey brown cockroaches are not picky eaters. They will eat just about anything that humans eat. They can consume rotting meat, decaying plant matter, and fecal droppings without getting sick. In fact, their bodies are designed to process these things. They can also break down and get nutrients from objects like glue, fabrics, and paper. This ability allows them to find food easily, both inside and outside of man-made structures.

Should I worry about smokey brown cockroaches? 

If you come across a smokey brown cockroach, there's no need to panic. However, it doesn't mean you want these pests around. They have some very bad habits that can impact your health and well-being. They enjoy eating unsanitary things and crawling through unclean spaces, exposing themselves to harmful microorganisms that can affect your health. They then spread these disease-causing organisms on countertops, kitchen tables, leftover food, and other surfaces they crawl on.

What are smokey brown cockroaches attracted to?

Smokey brown cockroaches prefer to live in warm, moist areas with plenty of hiding spots and food. The vegetation and organic debris around homes create perfect hiding spots for these pests. If they find a way indoors and there's food, moisture, and hiding places, they'll stay. It's best to prevent this if you can.

Where are smokey brown cockroaches found inside the house?

Smokey brown cockroaches gravitate to areas that provide protection and moisture. They love humid and wet spaces and desire to be in confined places where their backs and bellies can touch two hard surfaces at the same time. You may find these insects under or around your kitchen appliances, washer, tub, or sink. During the day, smokey brown cockroaches hide in these areas. It is only at night that they come out and crawl around your home, looking for things to eat. If you flick a light on in the middle of the night and see a spot on the floor dart or fly into the darkness, it’s likely a cockroach. This is not, however, the only sign of cockroaches. There are other great ways to find evidence of these pests.

What are the signs of a smokey brown roach problem?

Smokey brown cockroaches are sneaky little insects. Although they are great at staying out of sight, they are not able to completely hide their presence. We recommend looking for the subtle clues that these pests leave behind, things like shed skin, fecal droppings, grease marks on floors, and egg casings. Look for these signs in the backs of your pantries and cupboards and around areas where smokey brown cockroaches like to hide. 

How do I get rid of smokey brown cockroaches?

Contact Anti-Pest today for help eliminating smokey brown cockroaches. Our locally owned and family-operated pest control company has been assisting property owners in Shreveport, Bossier City, and nearby areas to solve roach infestations since 1950. We offer home pest control services and commercial pest solutions that ensure roaches don't stand a chance!

How can I prevent a smokey brown cockroach infestation? 

There are several great methods that you may use to prevent a smokey brown cockroach infestation. Here are some strategies to consider.

  • Clean your home and property regularly and do your best to keep moisture build-up to a minimum.
  • Repair damaged pipes, fixtures, gutters, and anything else that might lead to moisture build-up.
  • Address gaps around windows and doors using weatherstripping or door sweeps.
  • Seal cracks and holes in your home’s foundation using some silicone caulk, mortar, or expanding foam.
  • Use a dehumidifier inside your home to reduce humidity.
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