Smokey Brown Cockroaches

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smokey brown cockroach illustrationWhat do smokey brown roaches look like?

Smokey brown roaches are closely related to American roaches and look similar in appearance. However, they are slightly smaller in size with adults reaching about 1 ½ inch in length. Smokey brown roaches are a uniform dark brown, and their wings extend out beyond their bodies. Both the female and the male are very strong fliers. 

Are smokey brown roaches dangerous?

Smokey brown roaches are very dangerous to have invading your home. Like other species of roach, they spread bacteria, parasitic worms, and human pathogens.  Any bacteria or disease that they pick up on their bodies as they travel will be brought into your home and spread throughout it.  Also, their shed skin and feces can trigger allergies and asthma attacks, especially in young children.

Signs of smokey brown roaches

The most common sign of smokey brown roaches in your home is finding the adults in or around your home. Adults typically live outside and can be seen at night walking around through landscaping beds and around gutters. These roaches are attracted to light and can be seen gathering in doorways, on decks, and on porches. Another common sign of these roaches is finding their cylindrical black or brownish droppings in the areas of your home that they inhabit.

Why are smokey brown roaches in my home?

Smokey brown roaches can be found outside living around homes in tree crevices, underneath mulch, and around roof eaves.  They will then enter into buildings through gaps around utility entrances and through attic vents as they forage for food. They can be found hiding in attics, bathrooms, basements, and kitchens.

How do you get rid of smokey brown roaches?

Getting help from a professional is best when it comes to getting rid of smokey brown roaches because they move quickly and hide within the dark, hard-to-reach areas of your home.  At Spencer Pest Services we can get rid of smokey brown roaches from your property through our year-round customizable pest control packages.  Our pest control professionals have the experience and training needed to find and safely eliminate all of the smokey brown roaches from your home. Contact us today for more information about our roach control services for your residential or commercial property.

Smokey brown roach prevention tips

Along with putting a pest control program in place, there are several things you can do in and around your home to prevent and deter smokey brown roaches.  Prevention tips include:

  • Caulk spaces around exterior windows and doors.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Regularly remove trash from your home.  Make sure that outdoor trash cans have locking lids on them.

  • They are attracted to lights; replace white outdoor light bulbs with yellow bulbs that help to reduce the likelihood of them being attracted to your home.

  • Seal spaces around utility entrances and make sure that all vents are secure in place.

  • In kitchen areas, quickly clean up crumbs and spills, routinely vacuum floors, and wipe down counters.

  • Store food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator.

To see how Spencer Pest Services can eliminate smokey brown roaches from your Greenville, Upstate of South Carolina, or northern Georgia property, call us today.

 

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