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Pest Information

Cinereous (Lobster) Cockroach

Cinereous (Lobster) Cockroach

  • Latin Name: Nauphoaeta cinerea
  • Common Name: Cinereous (Lobster) Cockroach
  • Latin Family Name: Blaberidae
  • Other Names: Cinereous cockroach

Pest Details

Cinereous (Lobster) Cockroach
Cinereous (Lobster) Cockroach

Origin:

Not mentioned, but it is a tropical species currently found in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States, where it is a resident in Hawaii and Florida, and it occurs in other southern states. It also has been found in California as a possible import from Asia in food packaging.

Biology:

The name “lobster” is derived from a lobster-like design on the prothorax. It is an outdoor dwelling species that has even been found as a predator on other cockroaches in Hawaii. It may be transported in commodities such as grain, fruit, or vegetables.

Identification:

Adults are about 1.3 inches long and are ashy gray in color. The males and females are both winged, with the wings shorter than the abdomen.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

These are uncommon insects in the U.S. and should be treated in a manner similar to American roaches when found. Reduction of food and moisture sources, reduction of harborage, and crack and crevice treatment with a residual insecticide are effective.

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