Florida Wood Cockroach Facts
How to Identify Florida Wood Cockroaches
At first glance, this species appears to be wingless; however, the Florida wood cockroach does have very short wings just beneath its head. The wings form short leathery pads which barely meet on the midline of the body and do not extend to cover any portion of the abdomen. Adults roaches can live for more than one year.
Florida Wood Cockroach Behavior
Compared to other roaches, the Florida wood cockroach is relatively slow moving and not quick to run away from disturbance. This could be due to its large size or lack of urgency it feels due to the presence of defensive chemicals. When disturbed, Florida wood cockroaches often emit a strong, displeasing odor, which leads to its name as the "stinking cockroach."