Smoky brown cockroaches
Smoky brown cockroach
Periplaneta fuliginosa (serville)
The smoky brown cockroach is closely related to the American cockroach , but is a uniform shiny, dark-brown or mahogany color. It is about 1 1/4 to 1 3/8 inches long and the wings of both sexes cover the abdomen. The female has a broader abdomen than the male. The smoky brown cockroach has become a major pest in many parts of the U.S., especially in the moist Gulf states and southern and eastern portions of the Mississippi valley drainage pattern. The smokybrown cockroach was reported in Florida 150 years ago. Smoky brown cockroaches are prevalent in leaf litter, in and around shrubs, flowers and trees, tree holes, wood piles, garages, crawl spaces, attics, and greenhouses. It has also been found on roofs and in rain gutters feeding on bird droppings and plant materials. Smokybrown cockroaches can also survive in sewers. Adults live 2-6 months and are strong fliers attracted to lights at night.
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