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Wood Cockroach Facts & Information

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

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Parcoblatta pensylvanica
3/4 to 1 inch
Dark brown body & tan wings


How do I get rid of wood cockroaches?

What You Can Do

Methods to keep wood cockroaches out of a home include:

Maintaining Lawn: Keeping lawns well-maintained and free of rotting leaves or branches.

Moving & Inspecting Firewood: Moving firewood away from the residence and inspecting it before bringing it inside.

Sealing Entryways: Sealing gaps in doors and windows where the pest can enter.

What Orkin Does

Your local Orkin Pro is trained to help manage wood 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 wood cockroaches in their place and out of your home or business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Wood Cockroaches


  • Size: Wood cockroaches are between three-quarters and one inch.

  • Color: They have dark brown bodies with tan wings.

  • Body: Males have wings longer than their bodies while females have small, functionless wings.

Behavior & Diet

Because wood cockroaches feed on decaying organic matter, residents often find them beneath roof shingles or in woodpiles. Male cockroaches are also drawn to light fixtures near doors and garages.

Geographical Range

Though there are many species people call wood cockroaches, these roaches, in Pennsylvania, are the most common in the eastern U.S.


Wood cockroaches typically mate in May and June. Females deposit egg capsules beneath loose bark on dead trees and logs. Eggs usually hatch within a month, though humid weather can speed up the process. The average lifespan of a wood cockroach is only a few months.

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