Crawling – Flying
Adults measure 0.75 inch to 1 inch in length.
Brightly coloured, lime green.
This species lives primarily outdoors and is considered a nuisance pest, as it does not breed inside homes. It is active at night and readily flies to lights on buildings where it crawls inside.
The Cuban cockroach lives among piles of leaves, mulch, lumber piles, firewood piles and similar outdoor harbourages. Homes located on wooded lots may be more prone to encounters with this species.
Tips for Control
Because this species is a good flier, it may be attracted to a home from neighbouring fields or property. Changing exterior lighting to yellow “bug” lights can help reduce the number of cockroaches attracted to a home, as can simply keeping lights turned off. It is also important to seal as many exterior cracks as possible and to ensure that all foundation and attic vents have tight-fitting screens. Removing leaf piles, woodpiles and other harbourages is also helpful.