The Turkestan cockroach is also known as the “rusty red cockroach” or the “red runner cockroach.” It is primarily an outdoor insect, not known as an aggressive indoor pest, unlike some cockroach species such as the German and American cockroaches .
It is thought that the species was introduced back in the late 1970s via airport transport planes traveling from Central Asia. However, the ongoing emergence of Turkestan cockroaches over recent years is also tied to reptile pet owners and breeders. The Turkestan cockroach is popular as live food among reptile breeders and can be easily bought and sold online.
Its status as an invasive species as emerged in the Southwest, most notably in California. In recent years, it has begun to displace the oriental cockroach due to its faster breeding cycle. Despite being an outdoor insect, they will travel indoors in search of a cooler and damper area.