Pale-Bordered Field Cockroaches

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Pseudomops septentrionalis

APPEARANCE

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. They are about ½-inch long, and their antennae have an orange band at the tip. Their face is also reddish colored.

BEHAVIOR, DIET & HABITS

These cockroaches normally live outdoors and are not considered to be a serious indoor pest. Their normal habitat is low-growing plants and heavy ground cover such as ivy, piles of wood and landscaping mulch, and they feed on low growing plant sap and flowers. P. septentrionalis  occur in open or wooded areas and are often seen resting on foliage at night. This species is not attracted to lights.

REPRODUCTION

The life cycle of pale-bordered cockroaches includes three developmental stages: eggs, nymphs and adults.

SIGNS OF AN INFESTATION

Evidence of either adults or nymphs indicates locations of activity.

DISTRIBUTION

The general area of distribution is Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and into Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

OTHER INFORMATION

There is field research evidence that suggests the pale-bordered cockroach was introduced to the United States through banana shipments, likely from their native locations in Mexico and Costa Rica.

Pale-bordered cockroaches could potentially get inside a structure, but general exclusion practices such as sealing openings to the inside of a home will keep this cockroach species outside.