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Smokybrown Cockroach


Actual Size: 1 – 1.5″

Characteristics: Uniform shiny mahogany brown in color.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, both males and females can fly.

Habitat: Often found in crawl spaces or basements within properties.


  • Need moisture to survive.
  • Adults can fly, especially on warm humid evenings.
  • May invade structures, but often found dead indoors from dehydration.

Smokybrown Cockroaches in Salina

The smokybrown cockroach is a tropical urban pest in many parts of the United States that has recently made its way to Salina. This species is usually found outside in decorative plantings and planter boxes, woodpiles, garages, and water meter boxes. It may also inhabit sewers. They sometimes invade homes, spreading bacteria as they take refuge in attics, bathrooms, and kitchens. Adults can fly, and enjoy doing so on warm humid evenings.

Smokybrown Cockroach Habitat

Smokybrown cockroaches need moisture to survive. Outdoors, they gravitate toward mulch, woodpiles, leaf litter, and tree bark — to guard against drying out. Also found indoors, they prefer the upper parts of buildings. They may also live under shingles or siding. Smoky Brown roaches are sometimes found in kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and near points of entry such as garage and crawl space doors.

Smokybrown Cockroach Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Though they prefer to be outdoors, smokybrown cockroaches can still cause problems for homeowners, especially in humid environments. They live in a variety of disgusting places, from piles of dead leaves to storm drains and sewers, and even eat bird droppings. When entering your home, they bring bacteria with them and contaminate cooking and eating surfaces. They may also trigger allergies in sensitive individuals. They rarely survive in dry indoor environments, though rare cases of indoor infestations can occur in moist, organic-rich conditions. They are often found dead indoors likely due to dehydration. If you suspect a smokybrown cockroach infestation, we strongly recommend you contact a professional cockroach exterminator.

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