Madeira Cockroach

Category: Cockroaches

Scientific Name: Leucophaea Maderae (Fabricus)



Color: Body is brownish yellow with an olive tint

Size: Body of adults is 38-53 mm long

Region: Found throughout the World

Important Considerations:

  • The Madeira cockroach gets its name from where it originated from, the island of Madeira in Africa

  • These cockroaches emit a repulsive odor when they are disturbed

  • Development from egg to adult is around 181 to 211 days, between temperatures of 86-97 degrees Fahrenheit. In cooler temperatures, it may require 2 years or more for development

  • They feed on plants and plant materials, and especially enjoy fruit like bananas and grapes

  • This is an outdoor species that can grow into large populations, and can also find its way into structures


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

You will find Madeira Cockroaches in structures such as grocery stores, fruit stores, greenhouses, or large commercial buildings like malls. You will also find these cockroaches in residential structures, especially in subtropical and tropical locations. They are common around points of entry on properties (such as doors and windows), and though they are slow crawlers, they are active fliers.