If you see cockroaches, it is best to treat the problem immediately or by calling in a Professional pest control company such as James White Ants Destroying Sdn Bhd.

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Smooth Cockroach control and Facts

smooth cockroach


Smooth Cockroach is a new pest cockroach species Symploce pallens in Southeast Asia.

Smooth Cockroach exhibited higher egg production and longer nymphal development and longevity compared with the German cockroach.

This species was present in 10 to 12% of cockroach infested residential premises.

Symploce.pallens also is a prevalent pest in food preparation areas.



Characteristics of Smooth Cockraoch:

Size 12.5 to 14.5mm  
Shape oval  
Color red color,reddish  
Legs 6  
Wings yes  


Smooth Cockroaches are attracted to floury foods.

More information on Smooth Cockroach

(by Dr.LEE CHOW YANG from his paper on Smooth Cockroach (Symploce pallens))

Little is known about the biology .

Male cockroaches are excellent fliers, but the females are brachypterous,making them unable to fly.

Their color is rather striking: The exposed head, pronotum, and tegmina are yellowish brown and lack any distinct pattern, and these areas are a lighter shade compared with the abdomen.

The whip like antennae are some what thick and blackish with a yellowish brown base.Nymphs are shiny dark brown or black with no distinct pattern on the pronotum, making it look smooth; this characteristic gives the species the common name of “ smooth cockroach".

Females produced a mean of 16 ootheca, with mean 17 nymphs per egg.

Why Cockroach Control must be done

Smooth Cockroach (Symploce.pallens) also is a prevalent pest in food preparation areas.

They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactions, asthma and other illnesses, especially in children.


* Keep cooking, eating and food storage areas clean and dry. *


If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a Pest Management Professional - 'James White Ants Destroying' due to the illnesses they can spread.

How To Get Rid of Cockroaches


Cockroach treatment should not be limited to kitchens and bathrooms. For moderate infestations, all rooms of the structure should be treated.

If you can eliminate even one of these things through proper sanitation, the roach population will be forced to either die or move someplace else. Discard old boxes and piles of papers where roaches can hide.

Use a waste bin or trash can with a tight fitting lid and keep trash in a close plastic bag overnight.

Fix leaky drains and faucets; roaches can live on water alone.

Clean kitchen appliances thoroughly Empty pet food containers at night, or place them on the back porch or in a plastic bag. Vacuum regularly, and restrict food consumption to one room of the house.

This will help keep cockroaches and other pests from spreading into others areas such as bedrooms.

2.Chemical Methods for Cockroach Control

I. Dust

II. Apply a Liquid Residual to the Perimeter

III. Baits & Granules