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Smoky Brown Roach

(Periplaneta fuliginosa)



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Smokybrown Cockroach Appearance:

The The Smoky brown roach is slightly smaller than the American cockroach , and they have a uniform mahogany color. The American roach has a lighter color along the edges. Adults have well-developed wings that stretch to the tip of the abdomen. The young nymphs have long antennae, which are white at the tip.

Smoky Brown Roach Diet


The Smoky brown generally feeds on plant material, but can feed on any organic debris once inside your home. They feed on plant material and may inhabit greenhouses.

Smokybrown Cockroaches Habits and Biology

The female smoky brown lays about 24 eggs in her egg capsule, and each female produces17 capsules. The average life span is about half of the American Cockroach. In a protected environment, they can live 200-300 days at room temperature. The young will become an adult in 10-12 months.

Smokybrown roaches as a tropical cockroach are not all over the USA. They are common in central and east Texas, Gulf Coast, throughout Florida and up the eastern seaboard. They are now found in some areas of California.

This roach is occasionally shipped all over the U.S. on fruit or nursery stock.

They enter houses in the summer or hitchhike on firewood. They can enter around doors and windows, through ventilation areas, or through any other small crack and crevice that lead inside.

This roach is not usually found in the Northern States unless they are brought in.

These roaches fly at night toward lights. They fly from trees into your home, being attracted to any trash or pet food left out.

Smokybrown roaches are found many times under shingles and gutters (feeding on organic debris). They are commonly found along roof lines.

These roaches are found in moisture-prone areas because this roach dries up rapidly and requires a constant source of water. They avoid areas which could dry them out such as vents and any place with a sizable current of air. They are often found dead indoors likely due to dehydration. They are found in mulch, woodpiles, leaf litter, tree bark. They are there as a protection against drying out.

For the southern states, the Smoky Brown roach is abundant outside and can be found in tree holes and canopies of palm trees. Other areas of harborage are in flower beds, mulched areas, block walls and gardens.