The Cuban cockroach, also known as the banana cockroach, is a small species of cockroach that was originally established in Cuba. It is now commonly found in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America. It has also been found along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, and has been observed as far north as South Carolina.
Cuban roaches are particularly attracted to lights and are strong flyers. Cuban roaches can grow up to 2 inches in length. Adults are pale green with long antennae and fully developed wings; nymphs are brown or black. This is because the adults live in the canopies of trees, while the nymphs live on the ground below. Their coloration acts as a camouflage for both nymphs and adults.
Over 4,000 species exist worldwide, with one species or another either creeping around in your basement, flying right at you, dropping on you from trees and ceilings in the dark of night or others scattering in throngs of thousands, when caught invading your kitchen, cockroaches are one of our most terrifying pests.
With Halloween just around the corner, its time for larger-than-life creepy, crawly creatures skittering across lawns, lurking in dark alleyways and dropping out of nowhere to frighten their hapless victims.