Cuban Cockroach Facts
The Cuban cockroach, also sometimes called the banana cockroach, is a species that originated in… you guessed it, Cuba! It is a common misconception that most cockroaches are ground based travelers, but the banana cockroach puts all of those rumors to bed. This flying pest has since traveled from its native Cuba, and has been seen in most southern states, and even South Carolina. As the stories go, this insect found its way to the U.S. by being accidentally shipped with containers of ripening green bananas!
Unlike many other kinds of cockroaches, Cuban cockroaches are attracted to light, making them easily spotted as they head towards lamps, and other illuminating fixtures in homes.
Cuban Cockroach Bites
Cuban cockroaches aren’t known to bite humans. They are one of the smallest species of cockroach and their tiny mouthparts would have trouble breaking the skin of a human. They are unable to inflict a severe bite and generally feed on plants as they are a species that usually remains outside your home. Their bite isn’t venomous.
Cuban Cockroach Infestation
These little guys have a bit of a sweet tooth, and it certainly shows in their diet. Natural sugar sources like fresh fruits, or sweet leaves are common snacks for Cuban cockroaches. In light of the recent shift in the American diet, it seems that these bugs are developing a taste for artificial sweets as well. It is not uncommon to see Cuban cockroaches trying to steal some of spilled soft drinks or juice when you aren’t looking.
Much like other breeds of cockroaches, the Cuban is not an aggressive or destructive variation. Evasive by nature, and strong fliers, these bugs are more commonly seen fleeing the sight of humans and homes. They do not typically find their way into households, and are in fact sometimes kept by homeowners as pets. Their pleasant green color, appetite for fresh foods, and comfortability in heat makes them an ideal pest pet… if that’s what you’re looking for that is!
Types of Cuban Cockroaches
Cuban Cockroach Identification
Perhaps one of the easiest cockroaches to identify, these high flyers are quickly spotted with a vivid green color and large wings. This coloration is trait that evolved over time as camouflage while in the green trees of Cuba. They can range in size from just under an inch, to even over 2 inches. Regardless of size, almost all are thinner and longer than other cockroaches, with a narrower shape as opposed to the traditional oval.
Cuban Cockroaches In The House & The Apartment
Fortunate for homeowners, Cuban cockroaches rarely make their home inside, instead preferring to find shelter somewhere like your garden. Trees, bushes, potted plants and dried mulch or wood chips are all equally attractive to the Cuban cockroach, so start your search there if you’re concerned.
Frequently Asked Questions About Banana Cockroaches
Do Cuban cockroaches bite?
Cuban cockroaches are unlikely to bite humans, but in the rare situation that they do, their bites aren’t harmful to people.
Do Cuban cockroaches fly?
Though most species of cockroach have wings, few can actually fly. The Cuban or green cockroach is one of those that can fly well.
What attracts Cuban cockroaches?
Cuban cockroaches fly around at night and are attracted to artificial lighting. To prevent them being attracted to your home, we suggest leaving your outside lights off as much as possible.
Benefits of Professional Cuban Cockroach Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a Cuban cockroach problem. Finding and treating the Cuban cockroaches can be challenging, especially if their home and eggs are spread throughout your house. A cockroach management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the Cuban cockroach infestation.