Pale-Bordered Field Cockroaches

Facts, Identification, & Control

Scientific Name

Pseudomops septentrionalis


What Do They Look Like?
  • Size: They are about 1/2 inch long.
  • Color: The pale-bordered field cockroach is brightly colored with a reddish head shield (pronotum) and yellow markings around the border of the pronotum and the wings. Their antennae have an orange band at the tip, and their face is also reddish colored.

How Did I Get Pale-Bordered Field Cockroaches?

The pests usually live outside and feed on vegetation. These roaches are an invasive specimen that is most likely to be seen outdoors in the early morning and late afternoons when searching for food. They prefer moist conditions, so overwatered landscaping plants are prone to infestations. Well-fertilized properties with high grass are also at risk.

Pale-bordered field cockroaches rarely enter homes but may wander inside through open doors or windows, or else squeeze through cracks and gaps.

How Serious Are Pale-Bordered Field Cockroaches?

Though uncommon, pale-bordered field cockroaches could potentially get inside. Unlike other cockroach species, these insects don't carry diseases dangerous to humans. Homeowners who spot the pest indoors should check foundations and doorframes for gaps. Outdoors, an infestation can weaken and brown grass as well as ground cover plants.

Signs of Infestation

The presence or other evidence of either adults or nymphs indicates locations of activity.

How Do I Get Rid of Pale-Bordered Field Cockroaches?

What Orkin Does

Your local Orkin technician is trained to help manage pale-bordered field cockroaches and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep pale-bordered field cockroaches in their place…out of your home, or business.

Behavior, Diet, & Habits

What Do They Eat?

Pale-bordered field cockroaches feed on low-growing plant sap and flowers.

Where Do They Live?

These cockroaches normally live outdoors and are not considered to be a serious indoor pest. Pale-bordered field cockroaches occur in open or wooded areas and are often seen resting on foliage at night. This species is not attracted to lights. Their normal habitat is low-growing plants and heavy ground cover such as:

  • Ivy
  • Landscaping Mulch
  • Piles of Wood
Geographic Range

There is field research evidence that suggests the pale-bordered field cockroach was introduced to the United States through banana shipments, likely from their native locations in Mexico and Costa Rica. The general area of distribution is Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and into Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Life Cycle

The life cycle of pale-bordered field cockroaches includes three developmental stages:

  1. Eggs
  2. Nymphs
  3. Adults