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Size: Adults measure about 1/2-inch in length.
Color: Tan brown -- looks identical to the German cockroach.
Behavior of the Asian Cockroach
This species lives primarily outdoors and is considered a nuisance pest as it seldom breeds inside homes. It is active at night and readily flies to lights on buildings where it crawls inside. It may be seen indoors during the evening, flying toward a television or other light source. Large populations can develop near buildings, so regular invasions are common where this cockroach occurs. The Asian cockroach looks identical to the German cockroach, and it can only be distinguished if seen in flight because the German cockroach cannot fly.
The Asian cockroach was introduced into the Tampa, Fla., area sometime in the 1980s and has since spread to other areas in central and southern Florida. Unlike its close cousin, the German cockroach, this species lives outdoors in fields and along edges of wooded areas. It can be found living in and around landscaped areas, sheds, dog runs and doghouses.
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