Flying Cockroaches

Many species of cockroaches have wings, but not all are good flyers. There are several species capable of flying short distances, and a number of other species use their wings to glide from high elevations to lower surfaces.

The Pennsylvania woods cockroach males and smoky brown cockroaches are both strong flyers. Australian cockroaches are present primarily in the Gulf Coast area and are adept flyers. Asian cockroaches, which can be found in warm areas such as Florida, and closely resemble the German cockroach, are capable of flight. The bright green Cuban cockroaches fly as well.

American cockroaches are one of the largest cockroach species found in North American homes. Both sexes of the American cockroach have wings, which are primarily used for gliding. German cockroaches do not fly, although adult specimens are equipped with wings.