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The Male Woods Cockroach is lighter in color than the female, and a little larger. He has fully developed wings and does fly. Both males and females are more active during the day but males are attracted to lights at night. During the mating season, which is usually between May and June, the female releases a scent that signals the male that she is ready to mate and males may follow her if she wanders inside.

The Woods cockroach thrives on eating organic materials that are decaying. They are most often found in or near wooded areas and may be frequent visitors to homes located near dense foliage. Both males and females have been found under wood roof shingles and in garages where wood or firewood is stored.


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wood cockroaches range in size, depending on the sex. Adult males are 22 to 30 mm, and females are 13 to 20 mm in length. Their bodies are dark brown, with lighter brown wings.

Control Advice

Locate woodpiles away from the house and clear yard of leaf debris. Seal cracks in the exterior of your home and cover ventilation spaces with screening. Reduce outdoor lights or change to yellow ‘bug’ lights outdoors.

Active Seasons

The Male Woods Cockroach is most active in spring and summer.

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