Flying Cockroaches

Do Cockroaches Have Wings?

About 55 types of cockroaches live in the U.S. and many of them have wings that are used for flight, while others rarely use their wings. Several species are capable of flight for short distances, while others use their wings to simply glide, rather than flap their wings to fly. Cockroaches such as Asian, brown, smokybrown and wood roaches are very capable fliers, but others, such as German cockroaches and Oriental cockroaches, do not fly at all. American cockroaches are a species that commonly uses its wings to glide.

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Do Cockroaches Fly in Homes?

Cockroaches that are capable fliers are often attracted to interior lights and are able to fly inside. However, because these pests are nocturnal, infestations often go unnoticed at first. This means that many people aren’t aware that cockroaches can fly until the insects become so numerous that they appear during the day. Warning signs of a cockroach issue include a musty smell, waste, and cast shells.

Flying Cockroach Problems

Cockroaches in the house can present a variety of challenges for residents. Flight allows the pests to fly or glide indoors, spread throughout homes, and hide in hard-to-reach areas.

No Countertop Too Tall

They are not equipped for sustained flight, but some cockroaches do fly at times to reach food. Places like kitchen counters and pantries are within the pests’ range, presenting the risk of contamination. Homeowners who ingest bacteria spread by cockroaches may suffer from dysentery or food poisoning.

No Window Too High

At times, cockroaches fly into homes through windows or open doors. Their small, flat bodies allow them to creep inside through cracks in windowsills, frames, and siding. The pests may also fly or crawl into gaps under appliances or behind cabinets, making them difficult to control.

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Removing Cockroaches

When residents enter a room or flip on a light switch, flying cockroaches can be a startling sight. To avoid problems with these unsanitary pests or deal with an infestation, contact Orkin pest experts at the first sign of trouble.

Common Flying Cockroach Species

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.

Cockroaches That Do Not Fly

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.