Don’t you hate a Smokey Brown Cockroach?

Smokey Brown Cockroach

The Smokey Brown Cockroach is a fairly large roach sometimes confused with the American Roach because of its size. They normally live outside but as weather gets cooler they will tend to move in or under a structure seeking warmer conditions.

They should be identified correctly for the proper treatment and the use of the correct chemicals labeled for them. Although there are some similarities between the Smokey Brown Cockroach and theAmerican Roach, there are some differences to.

The Smokey Brown Cockroach sometimes is called a water bug or a palmetto bugs the same as the American Roach because of the similarities.

Identifying the Smokey Brown Cockroach

The Smokey Brown Cockroach is 1 ¼ inches long and is dark brown in color. They live outside in warmer weather and move inside when the weather is cool. They can be found in a structure, under it, in the attic, or in chimneys.

You will be more apt to find them under a structure that is sealed rather than one that is vented which will be cooler for them. The Smokey Brown Cockroach also has fully developed wings and is good flyers. They are attracted to light but like dark moist areas such as under a structure.

They have a very large size egg capsule, dark in color that contains around 20 eggs per capsule. They Smokey Brown Cockroach is also a scavenger as it will eat almost anything but prefer things like rotten vegetation, food scraps, or dog food.

Though trying to identify the Smokey Brown Cockroach by color may be hard when there is nothing to compare to, there are other traits you can use. Such as where they are found, is the weather cold where you found them, are they attracted to light, what is their preference of a food source.

There are several characteristics you can use to identify the pest as a Smokey Brown Cockroach.

Control of the Smokey Brown Cockroach

Sanitation is the first place to start in order to help control the Smokey Brown Cockroach. Clean areas that they would use as harborage areas such as wood piles near the home, mulch beds, or just cardboard boxes sitting around the home.

Any type of debris close to a structure can be considered a harborage area for the Smokey Brown Cockroach and should be moved away from the home. Keeping trash cans or dumpster areas clean as possible can eliminate some of their food sources.

Even moving dumpster areas away from the structure will draw the pest away from your home and not to it. Some people have pets, such as hunting dogs. These people have dog food sitting around in bags open to the roaches to crawl inside the bags for food.

The pets’ food should be kept in a container that is sealable. So keep the area near the structure clean as possible as to not draw them to your home but away from it. Where do most people keep their firewood? Close to their homes or by the chimney outside the home.

This is a perfect area for the pest to be hidden. From there they are drawn to the structure where they can find access points to other areas of harborage, such as cracks in the chimney if firewood is stored near it.

What happens when you bring an arm load of wood in and sit it near the fire place? You may bring the undesirable pest inside all on your own. Access points such as windows, where they can enter the home, should be sealed.

This will help keep the Smokey Brown Cockroach out of your home. This will help with any pest you do not want to enter your home. Removing any types of water sources will help with control of the Smokey Brown Cockroach.

If you have leaking pipes under or around the structure, they should be fixed in order to take away their water source. The list just goes on for good IPM (Integrated Pest Management). Residual sprays inside and around the structure works well for control of the Smokey Brown Cockroach.

Wettable powders work really well with the big roaches to help with control. If you have a heavy infestation it may take multiple treatments in order to grasp hold of the situation. Power dusters are a great tool that can be used to treat areas such as attics or crawl space areas.

Keep in mind dusts can drift to non target areas and pets and children should not have contact with the dusts. Be sure if treating with dusts that the areas you intend on treating are dry. Dusts will not be effective if they become damp or wet and will be a waste of your time and money among taking the risk of killing non target pests.

Always follow directions on the label of the chemicals you will be using to control the Smokey Brown Cockroach.

Smokey Brown Cockroach


An ugly Brown Banded Roach!

The Brown Banded Roach

The Brown Banded Roach is a pest  that infests a structure similar to a German Cockroach. They should be identified correctly in order to be treated properly with the right chemicals labeled for the pest.

They are a nasty pest that can carry bacteria and have been known to cause asthma conditions within small children. These allergies are caused by a buildup of their fecal droppings or dead carcasses.

Identifying the Brown Banded Roach

The Brown Banded Roach is about a ½ an inch in length. They are brown in color with two lighter colored bands that run across the base of the wings and the abdomen.

They can be found in warm, dry areas throughout a structure. They glue their egg capsules to objects such as furniture. They also have fully developed wings and the males are ready flyers when disturbed.

Thought they are the same size as the German Cockroach you can identify the Brown Banded Roach by the light colored bands as the German Cockroach are dark colored strips.

They can be found in some of the same areas as the German Cockroach such as cabinets, freezer motor areas where it’s warm, microwaves, dressers, etc.

Controlling the Brown Banded Roach

As with any pest issue, sanitation is a big must! Cleaning up after a milk spill, don’t leave food sitting around, empty trash cans regularly; things such as these are food sources and a way for the pest to transmit diseases.

Getting rid of their food sources helps aid in the control of the Brown Banded Roach. Areas such as stacked books, book cases, dressers full of junk, and card board boxes piled up are some of the harborage areas that should be kept neat and clean.

Baiting is a great tool to use for the Brown Banded Roach control around areas such as electrical appliances where residual sprays cannot be applied such as freezer areas, microwave areas, light receptacles, etc.

There are different types of baits to choose from such as gel bait, bait stations, and granular baits. Dusts are also another good tool to help control the Brown Banded Roach.

Dusts can be used for areas that are hard to access where they migrate such as wall voids, under cabinets, etc; areas in which the label permits you to treat. Dusts have a bad tendency to drift off target at times and are hard to control where you want them to be applied.

Some dusts are heavier than others and want drift quite so bad but do have the tendency to be applied too heavy. Dusts should be applied lightly.

If applied too heavy they act as a deterrent and will not benefit you in any way. The pest should not know the dusts are there so they will crawl through it.

That’s why it should be applied lightly. Some people think more is better, but not always. Residual spray can be used in control of the Brown Banded Roach.

They can be applied to cracks and crevices in areas according to the label. There are several to choose, from microencapsulated to emusifiable concentrates.

Always read the label and follow directions when applying any kind of pesticide when controlling the Brown Banded Roach or any other pest.

Brown Banded Roach

The American Roach, a home invader!

The Huge American Roach

The American Roach is the huge roach that is one of the outside pests that wonder indoors at times. Some people have been known to call this pest a water bug. They generally don’t infest inside homes, but crawl or fly in at times of dry weather in search of food or water sources.

They are usually just an annoyance for the home owner when they wonder inside. To some people they are a frightening pest. They say 99 percent of pests that invade the home come from outside and the American Roach is one of them pests.

Identifying the American Roach

The American Roach is the largest of the common cockroaches at a length of 1 ½ inches long. They are reddish brown in color with the thorax being lighter in color. The American Roach prefer dark moist areas.

Some of these areas would be under structures, in basements, mulches, wood piles, stumps, attics, behind the brick foundations of brick homes, etc. These are only a few of the living areas you will find the American Roach. They are a noisy pest as they are loud crawlers in areas such as leaves in the yard.

They can produce into great numbers, but unlike the German Cockroach having a great many of eggs per capsule the American Roach ootheca (egg capsule) only has around 15 eggs inside. They are scavengers and will eat almost anything but prefer items such as paper, fruits, starchy foods, leaves, fungi, etc.

These are only a few things the American Roach will eat. The American Roach is also able to fly and can glide long distances.

Control of the American Roach

There are several things that can be done in order to control the American roach and keep the population to a minimum. One thing would be to remove areas in which they live.

Some examples are piles of leaves, mulch areas, and piles of junk where they harbor, wood piles, etc. Access points where they enter the structure can be sealed or caulked to keep them out of the home.

I wouldn’t recommend caulking the gaps in the bricks for brick homes as this acts as ventilation for moisture inside the walls. These gaps in the bricks should not be caulked to keep the American Roach out of your home.

If they are sealed, you can create another problem of potentially having mold in your walls. These gaps were left there for a reason. Residual sprays can be sprayed for American Roaches to areas specified by the label.

Some of these areas would be inside the structure, under a structure, or the perimeter for example. Dusts are a great tool for treating the American Roach in areas such as voids that are untreatable with residual sprays.

If using dusts they must be used in dry areas or they will not benefit you in any way if the dusts are applied to moist areas. Dusts should be used as the label specifies and applied lightly as if applied heavily they will act as a deterrent.

Be sure if using dusts to control the American Roach your placement is in areas where children and pets are not subject to come in contact with them. Baits are also a tool that can be used for control of the pest.

Sticky boards can be used for IPM (integrated pest Management) to find the heavy traffic areas where treatment is needed the most. I have found that wettable powders work very well for the American Roach control.

American Roach