Smoky Brown Roach


smokybrown roach

Smokybrown Cockroach Appearance:

The The Smoky brown roach,(Periplaneta fuliginous), is slightly smaller than the American cockroach, and they have a uniform mahogany color. The American roach has a lighter color along the edges. Adults have well-developed wings that stretch to the tip of the abdomen. The young nymphs have long antennae, which are white at the tip.

Smoky Brown Roach Diet


The Smoky brown generally feeds on plant material, but can feed on any organic debris once inside your home. They feed on plant material and may inhabit greenhouses.

Smokybrown Cockroaches Habits and Biology

The female smoky brown lays about 24 eggs in her egg capsule, and each female produces17 capsules. The average life span is about half of the American Cockroach. In a protected environment, they can live 200-300 days at room temperature. The young will become an adult in 10-12 months.

Smokybrown roaches as a tropical cockroach are not all over the USA. They are common in central and east Texas, Gulf Coast, throughout Florida and up the eastern seaboard. They are now found in some areas of California.

This roach is occasionally shipped all over the U.S. on fruit or nursery stock.

They enter houses in the summer or hitchhike on firewood. They can enter around doors and windows, through ventilation areas, or through any other small crack and crevice that lead inside.

This roach is not usually found in the Northern States unless they are brought in.

These roaches fly at night toward lights. They fly from trees into your home, being attracted to any trash or pet food left out.

Smokybrown roaches are found many times under shingles and gutters (feeding on organic debris). They are commonly found along roof lines.

These roaches are found in moisture-prone areas because this roach dries up rapidly and requires a constant source of water. They avoid areas which could dry them out such as vents and any place with a sizable current of air. They are often found dead indoors likely due to dehydration. They are found in mulch, woodpiles, leaf litter, tree bark. They are there as a protection against drying out.

For the southern states, the Smoky Brown roach is abundant outside and can be found in tree holes and canopies of palm trees. Other areas of harborage are in flower beds, mulched areas, block walls and gardens.

Smokybrown Roach Control

Sanitation and Exclusion

Sanitation and exclusion are the first things required for this type of roach. If you eliminate food sources, moisture or their harborages, it will put such pressure on the roach population, leading to better results with your pest control measures.

Sanitation and Home Repairs:

  • Keep attic and crawl space well ventilated, reducing moisture.
  • Stop water leaks, screen equipment overflow drains, and take overflow water away from buildings; keep drain traps full or capped.
  • Store firewood as far away from the house as you can. If you can lift it off the ground, it will help eliminate harborage areas.
  • Discard old boxes and piles of papers where roaches can hide.
  • Use a tight fitting lid on your trash can.
  • Fix leaky drains and faucets, these roaches need water to live.
  • Clean kitchen appliances thoroughly to eliminate food sources.
  • It is not wise to allow pet food to sit out overnight for indoor pets. For outdoor pets, pick up the food after they are finished eating.
  • Stop water leaks, screen equipment overflow drains, and take overflow water away from buildings; keep drain traps full or capped.
  • Remove rotting leaves from window wells and gutters.

Exclusion:

Although the Smokybrown roach has many places to habitat outside, it will enter if there is an entry point.

  • Seal as many exterior cracks and holes as possible on the outside of the home
  • Caulk all penetrations through ground level walls.Caulk and repair holes around doors, windows, water pipes and baseboards.
  • Place mesh screens over windows, floor drains, and vents. Seal any cracks or holes leading indoors with caulk or other sealants.These places serve as roach locations.
  • Make sure that doors and windows fit securely inside the frames, to eliminate entry.

Pest Control Products To Use For Smokybrown Cockroaches

Outside Treament

Insecticide Sprays:

Generally speaking, control measures should concentrate on the outside of the building and points of entry of the Smokybrown Roach. They are seeking moist hiding areas when they enter the structure.

This is called a "perimeter or barrier" treatment.

You may use concentrated residual sprays : LambdaStarCap Ultra 9.7, Defense SC Cyper WSP, or Demon WP inside or outside. Spray a 3-6 foot band around the entire house. Spray outside around doors, windows, pipe openings, and dryer vents.

Recommended products are in the table below. They would require a pump sprayers.

Insecticide Granulars : You may apply granulars around the base of the house, particularly in areas of pine straw and mulched areas.

Granular Insect Baits:

Insects baits like Invict Xpress Granular Bait or Intice Perimeter Bait can be used indoors, outdoors or in turf areas. Invict Xpress has multiple food attractants to attract not only the American Roach, but also Crickets, some Ants, Silverfish, Earwigs and Firebrats.

 

Indoor Treament

Insecticide Sprays:

Apply also on the inside on the baseboards near the entry pts.

On the inside-apply around the plumbing under the sinks and washer and dryer connections. You don't have to spray all the interior baseboards, just the corners and baseboards inside the garage and basement areas.

Insect Baits:

If you have these larger cockroaches entering inside your home from the attic area (due to trees that overhang the attic or gutters that are not clean) using baits like Invict Express Insect Baits or Intice Perimeter Baits, would give you very good results. This insect bait would also be excellent choices for crawl spaces and or attics.

Dusts:

Dusting with a hand duster where the American roaches would be traveling. Such places would be behind baseboards, wall outlets, wall voids and underneath appliances. The recommended dust is D-Fense Dust.

Retreatment

The residual insecticides:Lambdastar Ultra Cap 9.7, D-Fense SC, Cyper WSP, and Demon WP as well as the residual granulars, Bifen LP Granules should be repeated every three months during the season. The top recommendation is Lambdastar Ultracap 9.7. It has an improved encapsulated formula to cause it to bond to surfaces better and holds up under ultraviolet light and rain longer.

The Invict Xpress Granular, Intice Perimter last about 6 months, free from rain.. D-Fense Dust last from 6 months to a year, if free from rain.

 

Insecticide Concentrates & Granulars

Recommended residual sprays for perimeter treatments, basements and attics

Lambdastar Ultracap 9.7

lambdstar ultracap

LambdaStar Ultracap 9.7 (Broader label and longer lasting-may be used inside or outside and will dry invisible. Lambdastar Ultracap has no smell. LambdaStar Ultracap will last longer outside and adhere to the surface better due to its encapuslated technology. It will yield 20-40 gallons

D-Fense SC

d-fense sc

D-Fense SC will also dry invisibly with no smell. It can be used inside or outside. The pint will yield 11-22 gallons.

 

Cyper WSP

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Cyper WSP

Demon WP
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Demon WP


Cyper WSP and Demon WP have the same label, but Cyper WSP is more economical.

Demon WP and Cyper WSP will leave a visible residue seen against dark wood.
Where to spray:
You may use three residual sprays : LambdaStar Ultra Cap 9.7, D-Fense SC, Cyper WSP or Demon WP inside or outside.

Spray outside around doors, windows, pipe openings, and dryer vents. Apply also on the inside on the baseboards near the entry pts.

On the inside-apply around the plumbing under the sinks and washer and dryer connections. You don't have to spray all the interior baseboards, just the corners and baseboards inside the garage and basement areas.

Insecticide Granules and Insecticide Baits

For additional treatment: You may apply Bifen LP Granules around the base of the house, particularly in areas of pine straw and mulched areas and or Intice Perimeter Bait as supplemental treatments. If you have these larger cockroaches entering inside your home from the attic area (due to trees that overhang the attic or gutters that are not clean) using baits like Intice insect baits, would give you very good results.

Bifen LP

Bifen Granulars

Invict Xpress Bait

Invict Xpress Granular Bait

Invict Xpress contains the powerful ingredient, imidacloprid, for quick results. Invict Xpress is a broad spectrum granule bait that will also kill ants, cockroaches, crickets, mole crickets, silverfish, firebrats and earwigs.

intice perimeter bait

Intice Perimeter Bait

Intice Perimeter Bait not only works well around the perimeter, but would also be excellent choices for crawl spaces and or attics.

Insecticide Dust

For additional treatment: You may apply an insecticide Dust such as D-Fense Dust with a duster. This dust would be useful in cracks and crevices, wall voids, electrical fittings, around doors and window frames, etc.

d-fense dust

 

D-Fense Dust

The residual insecticides : LambdaStar UltraCap 9.7, D-Fense SC, Cyper WSP, and Demon WP as well as the residual granulars: Bifen LP Granules should be repeated every three months during the season.

The Intice and Invict baits last from 6 months to a year, free from rain. The D-Fense Dust last up to 8 months. Feel free to call if you have any questions.