Throughout the world, cockroaches are notorious for invading homes, businesses and properties. Though they are all similar, cockroach species have differences as well. Any kind of cockroach in your home or business is a pest no one wants to deal with. With the indifference to places they will travel on and things they will eat, they are high risk vectors of bacteria, germs, diseases, and viruses that they easily spread. Additionally, roaches are known to trigger asthma and allergies and throughout Greater San Antonio, Texas, there are a handful of common species. Today, however, we at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control would like to relate information concerning the Smoky Brown Cockroach.
Identifying Smoky Brown Cockroaches
Formally known as Periplaneta fuliginous, smoky brown are uniformly black-mahogany color and average about 1 ½ inches in length. Their wings are fully developed by the time they reach adulthood and they stretch to the tip of the abdomen. There are white on the tips of their long antennae as well.
Where Can Smoky Brown Cockroaches Be Found?
On top of leaky roofs and around standing water, ground floors, and basements is where the smoky brown roaches are frequently found. Exposed garbage, under stacks of wood, and in sewer openings are other common hangouts for these roaches. These cockroaches can make their way indoors by squeezing through the cracks and small holes in siding or home foundations and through the open doors and windows they fly through. During late dusk or early dawn hours, smoky brown cockroaches are most actively feeding and looking for water. As opportunistic feeders, smoke brown roaches will include dead insects, fecal starches, matter, meats, and sweets in their diets.
Life Cycle of Smoky Brown Cockroaches
There are approximately 24 eggs in each egg capsule that is laid by the females, which can lay approximately 17 capsules. Depending on the surrounding environment it takes between 10-12 months from the time a roach hatches until it reaches adulthood. Smoky brown cockroaches will dry up quickly without a constant source of water, as they are a tropical cockroach that are prone to moisture. To avoid getting dried out, they avoid places like vents and any place with a sizable current of air as a result. When these roaches are discovered dead indoors, it often is likely due to dehydration. Outdoors, smoky brown cockroaches will be under woodpiles, mulch, leaf litter, and tree bark to stay moist. Greenhouses are a special paradise for the smoky brown cockroach, additionally, they are commonly using tree holes and canopies of palm trees to cover under. Block walls, flower beds, and gardens can also attract smoky brown cockroaches, so they can have some sort of protection.
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Controlling your housekeeping and reducing the moisture content in and around your home can help you reduce the cockroach populations as does making sure trash is secure, screens are in place, sealing, and maintaining yard and avoid clutter. When you have an issue with smoky brown cockroaches, or any other pest for that matter, call A Five Star Termite & Pest Control and let our experts control and eliminate the pests around your Greater San Antonio, Texas home or business.