Dusky cockroach

( Latin: Ectobius lapponicus)

As already mentioned (p. 59) the cockroach species commonly found indoors come from warmer climates. On the other hand, the dusky cockroach occurs throughout Europe from Lapland to the Mediterranean. These small, active cockroaches live mainly in woodland and on heathland where they run around among vegetation on the ground; they also fly well. In Lapland they are very common ‘domestic’ animals in the tents and further south in Europe they may occasionally occur indoors. They are frequently seen in weekend cottages, mainly because these are often close to their natural habitat.