Does the American Cockroach Fly?

Household Invaders

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.

American Cockroach Illustration

American Cockroach Illustration

Can American Cockroaches Fly?

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.

Resources

Dig Deeper on American Cockroaches

What do American Cockroaches Eat? | Get Rid of Roaches | Orkin

Cockroach Mating Behavior | Get Rid of Roaches | Orkin

Can Roaches Fly or Jump? | Get Rid of Flying Roaches | Orkin

American Cockroach Life Cycle

American Cockroach Body Anatomy | Roach Removal | Orkin

German Cockroach vs. American Cockroach

Smokybrown Cockroach vs. American Cockroach

Connect with Us

Our customer care team is available for you 24 hours a day.

877-819-5061

Find a Branch

Our local Pros are the pest experts in your area.

Get a Personalized Quote

We will help you find the right treatment plan for your home.

THE BEST IN PESTS.™

SERVICES

Pest ControlTermite ControlPrevent and Protect

PEST LIBRARY

Browse All Pests

© 2022 Orkin LLC

Terms of UsePrivacyAccessibility StatementCareers