The Asian cockroach is approximately 1/2” long, once it has reached full maturity. They are light brown in color and they have long wings that extend beyond their body length.
The Asian cockroach is very similar to the German cockroach, except that the Asian cockroach is a strong, expert flyer, and the German cockroach does not fly at all. In fact, this is one of the only ways to tell these two species of roaches apart from one another.
The Asian cockroach prefers to live outdoors, and is often found in moist areas that are also shaded. They can be found in wooded areas, under sheds, under doghouses, or in some other protected, moist area, such as these mentioned. Occasionally, they will enter a home, usually in search of food. They are attracted to light; therefore, they may be seen near an outside light source, or near a light within a home.
Similar to other cockroaches, the Asian cockroach carries bacteria on its’ body and can transfer these bacteria to indoor surfaces. If the surface is one that food is prepared on, or stored, then humans could potentially get sick from the presence of the cockroaches. Regular inspection and preventative treatment of the Asian cockroach, as well as other species of cockroaches, is highly recommended.
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