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How To Control Smoky Brown Roachessmoky brown roach

Smokey (or smoky) brown roaches are not the typical roach you would expect to venture on into your house, but its presence tends to freak out homeowners just the same. Smokey brown cockroaches are named obviously for their appearance and color of their body being a smoky looking brown. The Smoky Brown roach is a larger roach and is closely related to the American cockroach, but smaller in size at just over 1 inch. Both male and female Smoky Brown roaches have wings longer than their bodies. They are avid fliers and are a type of roach that uses it’s flying abilities perhaps more than any other roach species.

Smoky brown roaches tend to dehydrate quite easily so they prefer to reside in areas which are more humid and warmer such as in the southeastern US. but they can be frustrating to control. They are prevalent in areas like Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and East Texas, and other areas extending north along the Mississippi River.

Moisture and hydration are crucial to the survival of the Smoky Brown Cockroach. While most other roach species can go a couple of weeks without water, the Smoky Brown Roach must drink water at least every two days or it will perish.

While Smoky Brown Cockroaches prefer to live outdoors, they will enter homes during cold weather to seek warmth and shelter. If they find enough sources of food and water to satisfy them, they will likely stick around and make themselves at home so that is when it would be time to implement some control measures.

Smoky brown cockroaches can be overcome and at Solutions Pest and Lawn we can equip you with the essential tools and DIY know-how to eliminate them and keep them out of your home.

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How to Get Rid of Smoky Brown Cockroaches: 4 Step Solution

Smoky Brown cockroaches may not be as common as their cousin the American cockroach, they can be frustrating to control especially since they like to fly a lot and can and will fly onto roofs and enter attics and crawl spaces. To eliminate this pest from your home, it will take patience and persistence on your end along with a combination of both exclusion measures and chemical treatment methods. By following the steps we have laid out below you can get rid of Smoky Brown cockroaches from your home easily.

Step One: Identification is the first step to tackling smoky brown cockroaches. You need to be sure that the pest you are dealing with is actually a smoky brown roach. Correct identification will help you to learn more about the cockroach and its habits and tendencies as well as what products work best against the pest. If you are having trouble confirming that the roach infestation you have is a smoky brown roach, try to take a picture of the little bugger and shoot us an email of the photo at identification@solutionsstores.com. We'll answer back with the correct ID as well as offer you treatment options.

Step Two: Smoky Brown roaches like to come into the home from outdoors so before engaging in any chemical treatment, you will need to conduct exclusions measures to your house to make it difficult for cockroaches (or any other insects for that matter) to enter the home. By practicing good maintenance and cleanliness around the home, sealing off as many possible points of entries into your home that you can with screens, caulk and Stuff-It mesh, you will be able to prevent smoky brown roaches from easily gaining access to your home. Outdoors, make sure to keep gutters clean and remove clutter and debris. Remove or drain any areas with standing water. Stack firewood far away from home and perform any other indoor and outdoor sanitation measures to make your home less appealing to roaches.

Step Three:
 Once you've taken preventive measures both outside and inside, you can then move on to treating your roach infestation in and around your home with insecticide. We suggest using a combination of baits (Apex cockroach gel), sprays (Reclaim IT)  and dusts (D-Fense Dust) so if roaches are resistant to one method, they may be more responsive to a different method. Baits work best indoors because of it’s delayed reaction and maximum impact of wiping out entire infestation which shares the bait amongst one another. U In addition to these products it is also a good idea to use Gentrol point source as an IGR to prevent future infestations. Make sure to place roach baits in likely spots where roaches are likely to travel as close to nesting locations as possible.

Step Four:
 Once the Smoky brown roach population has been eliminated, you should work to discourage those flying pests from returning through preventative measures. Regularly inspect your home for roach activity and maintain a regular cleaning routine, daily, weekly and monthly to make sure the place is properly sanitized and unwelcoming to roaches.  Spray the exterior perimeter of the house with an insecticide to create a barrier that keeps roaches out. This step is similar to step one in that the focus is on keeping your home and yard clean and clutter free.




If you live close to the woods, or in a southern state where there is high humidity, you might have come in contact (hopefully not) with a Smoky Brown cockroach. Smoky brown roaches due to their large size might frighten some homeowners, but if you know your enemy, then you can know how to control it.


Smoky brown roaches (Periplaneta Fuliginosa) are about 1 to 1 ½ inch long it is closely related to the American cockroach due to its size, and like the American cockroach can mainly be found outside. They also have a dark mahogany color with no different color patterns. They are very capable flyers, due to the large size of their wings which extend past their abdomen. This roach is often found in coastal areas. The smokey brown roach is one species of roach that tends to move in and out of homes depending on the climate.


The Smoky Brown Cockroach was first reported in New Orleans in the 1850’s.




These cockroaches are often found in trees (tree holes) and in the wild, but indoors they are often found in the attics or crawl spaces of homes, and these are the main areas that are often affected by a smoky brown infestation. Most of the severe infestations by this species of cockroach have been related to attics and crawl spaces.


They have been reported in Central Texas, Florida, California, and North Carolina, and parts of the Midwest where it becomes a problem inside Greenhouses. Surprisingly it is also a common pest in Asia, being found it is found in many structures throughout China and Japan. It can also be found in sewers and habitats that allow for an ideal microclimate with excellent humidity as this species of roaches are prone to desiccation. In nature, they can be found on trees, bed flowers, wood piles, and leaf piles.




Because they are mainly found in the wild these roaches are prone to eating dead vegetation. This can include flowers, fruits, and leaves, they’ve been reported to eat dandelions, pecan catkins, and figs. But like all cockroaches can eat everything and will naturally enjoy food crumbs, pet food, other insects, and animal excrement.


Because they are prone to desiccation, they generally maintain themselves hydrated most of the time and need water every 2 to 3 days to survive. They have been observed to travel far away from their harborages just to forage for water.


Health Hazards


Although out in the wild these roaches feed primarily on vegetation, like its close cousin (The American Cockroach) has also been reported to feed on animal excrement. Because they also been found in sewers, and due to their eating habits, they are potential carriers of a large number of diseases. Like all cockroaches, their presence could mean the potential for cholera, dysentery, typhoid, as well as create bacteria that could lead to diarrhea and gastroenteritis.


Life Cycle of Smoky Brown Roaches


The life cycle of this species of roaches has three stages the Egg Phase, The Nymph Stage, and the Adult Stage:


• The Egg Phase: The egg phase begins when the female deposits egg cases containing about 20 to 30 eggs per ootheca (or egg case) in secluded sites with high humidity levels, such wood piles, under rocks, and even water meter boxes. They are about 10 to 15 mm long. These roaches will remain in this stage for about 45 days until they hatch.


• Nymph Stage: When the eggs hatch, nymphs emerge and a new stage begins. These Nymphs are about 3/8 inch long with white stripes on their body and in the tip of their antennas. Like all cockroaches, they will undergo a series of molts before reaching maturity and this process can take about 250 days.


• The Adult Stage: After 250 days pass the nymphs will have shed the white stripes found on their body for the dark mahogany color of adults. They will also have developed large wings that extend past their abdomen. Adults will be attracted to light and might be found flying in the evenings. When they reach adulthood the life cycle of these roaches will have ended.




Where Do Smoky Brown Roaches Come From?


If you’re in the middle of smoky brown infestation you might ask yourself where they came from. There are many reasons for their sudden appearance but one probability for their infestation could be the possibility of standing water near your property, or even inside your building, as these roaches need more water than other species, this could be a reason for their sudden appearance.

Another reason could be your home garden or greenhouse. Wood piles and mulch and general backyard clutter are also excellent shelters for these species of roaches, and their presence in your property could lead to an infestation.


In Alabama, proximity to the woods has been pointed as a reason for their appearance in homes.


Because they are capable flyers, houses in the vicinity of trees, with branches overhanging roofs, could be another reason we could point to.


Do Smoky Brown Roaches Bite?


Although there are no reports of this species of roaches biting people, Smoky brown roaches, being close cousins to American Cockroaches (who have bitten people)–and are in the category of large-sized cockroaches, we could say they might be able to bite you. But the likelihood is very rare (even in the American Cockroach cases reported), still, they can still pose a danger to your health due to their very real possibility of spreading disease.


How Long Can the Smoky Brown Cockroach Live?


This species of roach can live for up to 2 years before it matures. It all depends on the climate and their capability for survival. If they have an adequate climate, that is hot with high humidity, and readily available food and water sources, then they will reach adulthood faster in about 250 days, but because the weather changes and their living conditions can vary, it could take 2 or more year before they reach the adult stage.


Where Do Smoky Brown Cockroach Hide in the House?


This type of cockroaches are mainly found outside, but in your home, you might find them in attics and crawl spaces (most infestations occur in attics and crawl spaces), or in areas where they is high moisture. Outside in your yard, you might find them in standing pools of water, near trash containers, close to sewers, and piles of wood. Leaf litter and mulch are also perfect areas where one can stumble upon Smoky Brown cockroaches. Another place where these cockroaches might be found in the home include the rain gutters, especially if there is leaf litter, and under and around the overhanging roofs of homes.


How Can I Identify A Smoky Brown Cockroach?


Smoky Brown Cockroaches are often 38 mm in length, have long wings that extend past their body, and are black or mahogany dark in color. Nymphs have white markings on their body (in the back and white tips on their antennas. It should be noted that nymphs look very similar to Oriental cockroach Nymphs and proper identification might be needed to properly identify it.




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