Smokybrown Cockroach Description
Smoky-brown cockroaches range from 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch long, which are dark brown to almost black in color. They require high humidity for survival and their antennae are usually longer than their bodies. They can be found outside in wooded areas that provide shade and moisture. They can also be seen in tree holes, mulch, in buildings, and attics. Stacks of firewood, sewer-access openings, and trash piles can contribute to infestations. Once in structures they are commonly found in attics or near fireplaces. Leaky roofs and plumbing lines attract these cockroaches.
This roaches life cycle is considered simple metamorphosis, which includes an egg, nymph, and adult. In or around infested areas female cockroaches drop or glue ¼ inch long egg capsules (the capsules are long and bean-like). Each of these egg capsules contains about 15 eggs, gross! Eggs hatch into nymphs, which resemble the adult American Cockroach, but they’re usually grey in color. Complete development from egg to adult is about 600 days (depending on temperature).
The smokybrown cockroach prefers warmer climates and is not cold-tolerant. Usually, they will try and come indoors during cooler weather. In addition to this, it fares well in moist conditions and appears to be particularly prevalent in moist concealed areas. It often lives around and inside the perimeter of houses.
From various points in their bodies American cockroaches, produce odorous secretions that can affect the flavor of various foods. When populations are high, these secretions may result in a characteristic odor in the general region of the infestation. Disease-producing organisms such as bacteria, protozoa, and viruses have been found in cockroach bodies. Different forms of food poisoning and dysentery appear to be the principal diseases transmitted by these cockroaches. These disease-causing organisms are carried on the legs and bodies of cockroaches, and are deposited on food and utensils as cockroaches forage. Cockroach excrement and cast skins also contain a number of allergens, to which many people exhibit allergic responses such as skin rashes, watery eyes, congestion of nasal passages, asthma, and sneezing.