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Smokybrown Roach

This type of roach measures about 1.25 inches (32 mm) long. Its color is shiny dark brown, in the adult stage both sexes can have fully developed wings and are strong fliers.  This cockroach eggs (ootheca) hold 20 – 24 per case. They hatch in around 45 days. The whole egg to adult process takes almost one year and adults can live for up to 6 months.

Habits

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The Smokybrown cockroach came to Florida about 150 years ago and is related to the American Roach. Sometimes it is mistakenly called Palmetto Bug. This roach is more common on the Gulf States, and here in north central Florida. The somkybrown roach preferred temperatures of 59°F and 95°F (15°C and 35°C).

Found Where?

This roach is common outdoors in tree holes and loose mulch. Indoors, prefer warm, moist voids such as inside block walls and eaves of poorly ventilated attics. Mostly found in greenhouses and interior plantscapes. This roach needs warm moist environment, indoors the Smoky Brown Roach typically do not thrive. 

Controlling the problem!

Residual barrier sprays indoor and outdoor, is a good way of control. If needed baiting will also be effective when infestation levels are present.  

 

 

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