Florida Woods Cockroach

Category: Cockroaches

Scientific Name: Eurycotis Floridana (Insecta)



Color: Body is dark reddish brown to almost black

Size: Body is about 30-40 mm long and very wide

Region: Found in the United States

Important Considerations:

  • Commonly found in Florida in wooded type areas
  • They emit oily, vile smelling fluid when disturbed
  • Mating occurs roughly 18 days after they have become adults
  • Develop from being an egg into an adult is about 150 days
  • This species can produce parthenogenically (without the sperm from a male)

Where to Find Them on Your Property?

You can find these cockroaches outdoors under the bark of dead trees, under palmetto leaves, in loose litter, in woodpiles, or stumps of trees. Occasionally they can make their way into buildings or structures, but they only live for a short time. To prevent them, clean up yard debris, leaf litter, remove dead trees, stack firewood off the ground, and keep mulch to a minimum around your house or foundation.