Smoky Brown Cockroaches

Smoky Brown Cockroach

Scientific Name: Periplaneta fuliginosa


The Smoky Brown Cockroach is a relatively large insect, typically ranging from 1 to 1.5 inches (25-40 mm) in length. It is uniformly dark brown to mahogany in color, often with a glossy appearance. Adults have fully developed wings that extend slightly beyond the abdomen.


Smoky Brown Cockroaches prefer warm and humid environments such as tree holes, mulch piles, leaf litter accumulation, and underneath loose bark in trees; indoors they prefer attics, crawl spaces, basements, and areas with high levels of humidity like bathrooms or kitchens.


  1. Nocturnal: Primarily active at night, the Smoky Brown Cockroach searches for food, water, and mates under the cover of darkness.
  2. Omnivorous: They are opportunistic feeders, consuming a wide range of organic materials including decaying plant matter, food scraps, and even other insects.
  3. Flight Capable: Unlike some other cockroach species, Smoky Brown Cockroaches are strong fliers and may enter buildings through open windows or doors.
Pest Profile smoky brown cockroach

Signs of Infestation:

  1. Sightings: Seeing live cockroaches, especially during daylight hours, is a strong indicator.
  2. Droppings: Cockroach activity often leaves behind small dark fecal droppings resembling coarse black pepper in its wake.
  3. Egg Cases: Oval-shaped egg cases (oothecae) may be discovered in hidden crevices or near food sources.

Health Risks: 

Smoky Brown Cockroaches pose significant health threats to humans by infesting food and surfaces with bacteria, as well as potentially triggering allergies or asthma in sensitive individuals. They have even been known to carry diseases like salmonella and gastroenteritis! For expert removal and prevention strategies, contact us at Get’Em Out Wildlife Control.

Control and Prevention:

  1. Sanitation: Keep living and food preparation areas clean, free of crumbs and spills that can attract cockroaches.
  2. Seal Entry Points: Seal all cracks and crevices around doors, windows, and pipes to stop cockroaches from entering buildings.
  3. Moisture Control: Reduce humidity levels and repair any leaks to discourage cockroach activity.

Professional Pest Control:

Persistent infestations may require the expertise of a professional pest control who can use targeted treatments such as baits, insect growth regulators, and residual insecticides to effectively manage and eliminate Smoky Brown Cockroaches.

Understanding the habits and preferences of the Smoky Brown Cockroach is crucial for effective pest management and prevention in both residential and commercial settings.

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