Smokybrown Cockroach


Actual Size: 1 to 1.5”

Characteristics: Even mahogany brown color with a shiny body.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, and both males and females can fly.

Habitat: Are urban tropical pests that prefer warm environments with plenty of shade and shelter. Usually infests basements or crawl spaces.


  • Needs plenty of water to survive and are drawn to damp areas. 
  • Adults are capable of flight and are most active on warm, humid afternoons.
  • When indoors, these roaches often die quickly from dehydration.

Smokybrown Cockroaches in Anaheim

Smokybrown cockroaches are found in various warm or tropical areas in the United States, from Texas and Florida to right here in Anaheim. These roaches need plenty of moisture to survive, which is why they usually stay outside in damp areas like planter boxes, water meters, or sewer lines. However, they may accidentally wind up indoors where they often hide in bathrooms and kitchens. Both male and female adults can fly, so you may also find smokybrown cockroaches in upper levels of your home or apartment building.

Smokybrown Cockroach Habitat

If an area is too dry, smokybrown cockroaches will likely die of dehydration. That’s why they typically infest high-moisture areas like mulch-filled flower beds or piles of wood. In the summertime, these roaches may also hide under exterior siding or vegetation near your home. Most smokybrown cockroaches die relatively quickly if they get inside because our houses don’t have enough moisture. If there’s a thriving colony in your property, you may have a leak or moisture problem.

Smokybrown Cockroach Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Smokybrown cockroaches are primarily an outdoor pest, but they can cause major problems if they get indoors. While crawling along places like storm drains and sewers, these roaches can pick up dangerous bacteria that could contaminate your food or cooking surfaces. Their shedding and feces can also trigger allergic or asthmatic reactions in some people. Though infestations rarely happen indoors, it’s important to quickly treat the problem if you discover these roaches in your home or business. Contact a professional roach removal company to get rid of smokybrown cockroaches for good.