Florida Woods Cockroaches: Identification, Life Cycle and Extermination Techniques

Florida Woods Cockroaches, scientifically recognized as Eurycotis floridana, are a prevalent pest found predominantly in the southeastern United States, notably Florida. Their distinctive features and behaviors make them a unique species among cockroaches.


Florida Woods Cockroaches, often called “palmetto bugs,” are large roaches up to 1.5 inches long. They have a broad, oval shape and are dark brown to black. Unlike many cockroach species, males and females have tiny wings that do not cover their entire abdomen, making them poor fliers.

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Life Cycle and Habitat

The life cycle of Florida Woods Cockroaches follows a simple metamorphosis: egg, nymph, and adult. The female carries an egg case (ootheca) containing up to 24 eggs, which she drops in a protected area.

This species is primarily outdoor dwellers, favoring damp, dark habitats. They often hide under bark, in leaf litter, or in the cavities of trees and palmetto plants. They can, however, venture indoors when conditions are unfavorable or in search of food.

Extermination Techniques

Effectively controlling Florida Woods Cockroaches involves several steps:

  1. Insecticides: Applying residual insecticides to potential hiding and breeding areas can help manage their population.
  2. Baits: Using cockroach baits can be effective. Baits must be placed strategically in areas where these pests are frequently found.
  3. Professional pest control: A professional pest control service should be sought in case of severe infestations. We provide comprehensive assessment and effective treatment options.


Preventing an infestation can save you significant trouble. Here are some prevention tips:

  1. Seal cracks and crevices around your home to limit their access.
  2. Keep your surroundings clean, particularly your yard. Regularly dispose of leaf litter and other debris.
  3. Maintain good sanitation practices indoors to discourage these pests from seeking food sources.


Don’t let Florida Woods Cockroaches take over your home! Contact our experienced team today for an effective and immediate pest control solution. Prevention is always better than cure, and we’re here to help you every step of the way!