Division of Arthropods

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Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM 87131
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Southwestern Field Cockroach

Hexapoda, Blattodea, Blatellidae, Blatella vaga

Description: Medium yellowish-tan insect with a flattened body and long wings and antennae. Pale stripe down the center of the thorax, with black margins. Adult males and females look similar. Southwestern field roaches look almost identical to German roaches, and are much smaller and lighter colored than American, Oriental, and Turkistan roaches. Immature stages are yellowish-tan, and look similar to small, immature American, Oriental, and immature Turkistan roaches.

Geographic Distribution: Throughout southern New Mexico. Introduced to North America from Asia.

Habitats: Almost entirely outdoors in damp grassy situations. Not known to occur indoors. Often in grassy riparian areas along rivers and streams.

Biology: Adults and immature stages occur year-round in buildings.

Health/pest Status: German roaches live in buildings and are considered house pests. The German roach is probably the most serious household roach pest.