Green Cockroaches

Facts, Identification, & Control

Scientific Name

Panchlora nivea


What Do They Look Like?

  • Size: Green cockroaches are about one inch long.
  • Color: Adults are pale green with a yellowish band around the front part of the pale green colored wings. Juvenile nymphs are black or brown.

How Did I Get Green Cockroaches?

Also called Cuban cockroaches, these pests do not usually infest homes. Piles of wood or decaying leaves close to the house can attract them. Light draws green cockroaches as well, so these insects may enter through open windows and doors.

How Serious Are Green Cockroaches?

Green cockroaches are a minor nuisance pest and do not often cause people harm. Still, the insects can contaminate surfaces in the home with waste if left to roam freely. Some people have allergic reactions if they touch a cockroach or ingest any of its body parts or fluids.

Signs of a Green Cockroach Infestation

These insects do not reproduce indoors, so residents typically notice the pests around the perimeter of the home. Large gatherings of these cockroaches near light fixtures or brush piles can indicate a potential issue.

How Do I Get Rid of Green Cockroaches?

What You Can Do
Here are some tips for homeowners who wish to prevent green cockroach infestations:

  • Maintain Yard: Moving leaves and woodpiles away from homes can limit the likelihood of an infestation.
  • Seal Entryways: Securing windows and doors also helps to keep the pests outside. Fine mesh window screens can help to keep pests outside of your home.

What Orkin Does
Your local Orkin technician is trained to help manage green cockroaches and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep green cockroaches in their place and out of your home or business.

Behavior, Diet, & Habits

Primarily found outside, green cockroaches species are nocturnal.

What Do They Eat?
Green cockroaches feed on:

  • Fruit
  • Leaf litter
  • Moldy bark
  • Rotted vegetation
  • Sugary organic matter
  • Spilled soda

Where Do They Live
Moist, damp locations are ideal places for green cockroaches to live, though homeowners rarely spot them in basements or bathrooms.

Geographical Range
They are a tropical species found extensively in:

  • Central America
  • Mexico
  • Parts of South America.
  • Southeastern U.S. along the Gulf Coast.

These cockroaches do not breed inside. Females carry egg cases, or ootheca, internally for almost a month before they hatch. On average, each case holds about 40 eggs. The lifespan of a green cockroach is often less than three months.