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Sand Cockroach Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from sand cockroaches by learning techniques for identification and control.

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Sub-family Corydiidae
Tan to dark brown. body
Mottled color patterns
Flat body & long antennae
1 inch or less


How do I get rid of sand cockroaches?

What Orkin Does

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.

Your local Orkin Pro is trained to help manage sand cockroaches and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin Pro will design a unique cockroach treatment program for your situation.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Sand Cockroaches


  • 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.


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


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.

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