Smokybrown Roach Facts
- Up to 1 1/2 inches in length and are dark brown in color.
- Related to American roaches but are smaller and feed on plant material and decaying matter.
- Commonly found in the spring, summer and fall months and enter the home through attics, crawl spaces and cracks found on the exterior.
How to Get Rid of Smokybrown Roaches
In general, successful Smokybrown cockroach management requires planning and thoroughness. It also requires use of more different types of applications than any other type of cockroach management. Fortunately, once adequate results have been achieved in and around a home, the reproductive potential of this species is low enough (compared to the German cockroach) that their numbers will not rebound very quickly.
Smokybrown cockroaches can be controlled with residual sprays because of its quick killing properties and long lived residual. However, the extent and thoroughness of treatments must often be greater since this cockroach is typically more active in its movements and will usually be found living in and around the inside and outside of a building. It is often necessary to treat outside areas with power sprayers to get thorough coverage of the areas in which they hide. Dusts are effective in attics and crawl spaces. In addition, it is often necessary to dust cracks on the outside of the building and to dust in the cracks of wood shingle roofs. Also, check the rain gutters as these Smokybrown cockroaches can live in debris trapped in the gutter.