Does the American Cockroach Fly?

American cockroaches are a peridomestic species that live primarily outdoors and move inside when conditions become harsh or food is scarce. They prefer moist, humid environments but are also capable of surviving in dry areas if food and water are available.

In the immature (nymph) stage, American cockroaches are wingless and incapable of flight. Adults have useful wings and can fly for short distances. If they start from a high place, such as a tree, they can glide for some distance. However, despite their ability to do so, American cockroaches aren’t regular fliers. They can run very fast and, when frightened, these insects more commonly scatter on foot.