Common Name(s): Asian cockroach
These roaches are similar in size, shape and color to German cockroaches. Adults are brown to tan, 5/8 inch long and 3/16 inch wide. Two dark bands run lengthwise on the head shield (pronotum). Female Asian cockroaches have wings that extend to cover the entire length of the ootheca. Female German cockroaches have wings that extend to cover only half the length of the ootheca. There are 15-20 eggs on each side. They are good fliers and live outdoors but can enter structures.
Origin and Distribution
Outdoors, they are found in grassy areas, mulch and leaf litter and in shady areas of gardens, pastures, dense ground cover, mulched ornamentals, etc. They become active at dusk. Adults are very active in the grass and mulch, climbing to the tips of grass and leaves to take flight. They are attracted to lights in structures and can become established indoors if there is an opening near a light source in the early evening hours. Found in the southeast U.S.
Habitat & Hosts
Low weedy vegetation and are able to fly.
Egg, nymph and adult