Smoky-Brown Cockroach

Smoky-Brown Cockroach Facts, Identification & Control

Latin Name: Periplaneta fuliginosa


Adults are between 1-2 inches long. They are uniform brownish black to mahogany in color. Very common in Southeastern states. Early nymphs have white stripe on back. Egg capsules are attached to surfaces.


Prefers damp areas because they lose moisture more readily than other cockroaches. Enter structures at night through cracks and crevices. Live in natural conditions around structures. Often can be associated with debris filled gutters.


Scavenger; eats almost anything.


Female needs to mate only once to produce many egg capsules. Each capsule contains an average 20 eggs. Nymphs molt several times in about 600 days before reaching maturity. Adult can live about six months.