Latin Name: Blattella asahinai Mizukubo
What Are Asian Cockroaches?
Not to be confused with the oriental cockroach, Asian cockroaches are typically smaller than an inch in size, ranging from a tan to dark brown shade in color. They closely resemble German cockroaches, however, they can be identified by their pronotal (the pronotum is the exterior plate-like structure covering the thorax) stripes, which are darker and more defined. However, the behaviors and habits of the Asian cockroach are vastly different than the German cockroach. Asian cockroaches are attracted to light and may fly towards bright entryways and porch lights. German cockroaches are unable to withstand light and, for that reason, are primarily found indoors. Asian cockroaches are also accomplished fliers, as their long, narrow wings allow them to fly up to 120 feet at a time!
The Asian Cockroach Life Cycle
Similar to the lifestyle of the German cockroach, female Asian cockroaches can typically produce four egg capsules, called oothecae, at a time, totaling about 35 to 40 during her lifespan. They typically only live about 100 days, whereas males only live about 50. Nymphs, distinguished from German cockroaches by their pale color and smaller size, take about 67 to reach maturity, meaning females are only in the adult stage for a month or so.
Where are Asian Cockroaches Found?
Asian cockroaches are common in the southeastern United States and are most likely to be found outside in shaded, moist areas such as grass, mulch, compost piles, gardens, and shrubbery. They are most active in the spring and summer months. While these pests prefer to live outside, they can invade and establish populations inside the home. Oftentimes, they enter through open or unsealed doors and windows. This species is most active after sunset. As a result of their attraction to light, Asian cockroaches love light-colored walls, doors, and windows, and especially lampshades, tv screens, and other electronics. Because they will follow the light, many unsuspecting homeowners think the roaches are following them. Talk about a pest scare!
How Do I Get Rid of an Asian Cockroach Infestation?
If you notice an Asian cockroach or cockroaches in your home, the best course of action is to call your local pest control company! An Asian cockroach infestation is normally easy to treat with the use of insecticides.
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