The Smokybrown Cockroach is the most common species found in the Birmingham area. It’s not uncommon to see them in the daylight outdoors. They are very prevelent on and under back porch areas of a home. They can be as large as 1.5 inches long. They are brownish black in color. Like many species of cockroaches, they prefer dark and damp environments.
Warm conditions found within in buildings are ideal
for these household pests. Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and will run away when exposed to light. Asian Cockroaches are the exception and are attracted to light. They gain access into your home through doors,
windows, small cracks and any place there is the smallest opening. The biology and habits of cockroaches in our area are similar. One exception is the German Cockroach.
Adult German Cockroaches are up to 1.6 inches long
and light brown in color. Infestations in restaurants,,
food processing facilities, apartments and nursing homes are very common. The greatest challenge with
exterminating German Cockroaches is the fact that they reproduce at a very rapid rate and have an exceptional ability to hide in small cracks.