Sand Cockroaches

Facts, Identification, & Control

Scientific Name

Sub-family Corydiidae


What Do They Look Like?

  • Color: Tan to dark brown bodies with mottled color patterns that blend in with their habitat.
  • Body: Sand cockroaches males can fly, while females are wingless. The pests have flat bodies and long antennae.
  • Size: No longer than an inch, though males tend to be bigger than females.

How Did I Get Sand Cockroaches?

Also called desert cockroaches, these pests rarely leave their burrows or stray far from dry climates. Spotting one in the house is usually due to an open door or window. Outdoor lights may attract male sand cockroaches.

How Serious are Sand Cockroaches?

Since these insects don't often invade homes, little research exists on the long-term effects of a sand cockroach infestation. It's likely that people with allergies or asthma could have adverse reactions to their presence, as they do to other cockroach species.

Signs of Infestation

Homeowners are more likely to see a male sand cockroach than a female. If such a pest appears indoors, reach out to Orkin for professional control.

How Do I Get Rid of Sand Cockroaches?

Considering how little is known about the damage sand cockroaches can do, residents should remove any they may find. Because the pests don't breed in homes, infestations are unlikely to grow.

What Orkin Does
Your local Orkin technician is trained to help manage sand 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 sand cockroaches in their place and out of your home or business.

Behavior, Diet, & Habits

Sand cockroaches are actually a group of species that live in arid regions of the U.S.

Where Do They Live?
The pests nestle into soft soil and happily take up residence in empty rodent burrows, scrub brush, and sand hill areas. Their diet consists of organic debris such as the roots of plants.

Most of the pest's development happens underground. Typically, adults emerge in the summer, if they breach the surface at all. Sand cockroaches can produce several generations per year.