Big Roaches Miami #3 in the U. S. For Roach Sightings

Why Are Residents of Miami Seeing More Big Roaches in 2023?

About 25% of Miami Residents Reporting Seing A Roach In The Last 12 months.

Florida has the largest fauna of roaches in the U.S. There are at least 69 different cockroach species found in the United States, over 38 can be found in Florida. 

Seeing more big roaches this year? According to the U. S. Census Bureau American Housing Survey (AHS) 2021 Servey of the Top 15 Metropolitan Areas surveyed for Housing Quality Miami was the #3 again in roach sightings by residents with 24.97% reporting seeing evidence of roaches in the last 12 months.

In 2021 Total homes surveyed 2,175.2 of which 543.1 or 24.97% reported seeing evidence of roaches. 293.9 or 54.12% of  homeowners and 249.2 or 45.88% of renters. 

In 2019 Total homes surveyed 2052.1 of which 534.2 or 26.03% reported seeing evidence of roaches. 251.8 or 47.14% of homeowners and 249.2 or 46.65% of renters. 

Pest infestations in housing units are a significant issue in Miami, with low-income households and those with structural problems or water leaks being more susceptible. 

A big roach during periods of drought, cockroaches are more likely to invade structures in search of moisture and food. This can lead to an increase in the number of cockroaches found indoors, especially the larger species such as American and Oriental cockroaches.

Pests, such as cockroaches and rodents, pose public health risks and can lead to various diseases and allergies. According to the 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS), approximately 14 million housing units reported roach sightings, while nearly 14.8 million reported rodent sightings.

The AHS data also highlights disparities between homeowners and renters, as well as geographical differences. Cockroach sightings are more frequent in renter-occupied units and units in the South.

To address the issue of pests in housing units, it is essential to implement effective pest control measures, improve housing quality, and address contributing factors such as water leaks, structural problems, and neighborhood conditions. 

In the Annotated Checklist of the Cockroaches of Florida (Dictyoptera: Blattaria: Blattidae, Polyphagidae, Blattellidae, Blaberidae)

Thomas H. Atkinson, Philip G. Koehler and Richard S. Patterson

The Florida Entomologist

Vol. 73, No. 2 (Jun., 1990), pp. 303-327 (25 pages)

Published By: Florida Entomological Society

There are at least 69 different cockroach species found in the United States, 38 can be found in Florida. Florida has the largest fauna of roaches in the U.S.

This paper summarizes the synonymy, distribution, and ecological data of 38 cockroach species in Florida which belong to 24 genera in 4 families. The authors provide valuable information on other species that are known to occur in nearby areas and could potentially be found in Florida.

Thirteen of the species, which include many of the important pests, have been introduced to Florida from Africa (7), the Neotropics (3), and Asia (3). These exotic species seem to be heavily dependent on human disturbance, and only two, Pycnoscelis surinamensis (L.) and Periplaneta australasiae (F.), are commonly found in natural communities away from human influence. Blattella germanica (L.) and Supella longipalpa (F.), both introduced, are strictly domiciliary.

The majority of the native species (15) have neotropical distributions and are not found north of Florida. Four species, Chorisoneura texensis Saussure & Zehntner, Euthlastoblatta gemma (Hebard), Eurycotis floridana (Walker), and Ischnoptera deropeltiformis (Brunner), are restricted to the southeastern U.S. and are the northernmost representatives of neotropical genera.

Five species of Parcoblatta, which are widely distributed in the Southeast, reach their southern limits in Florida. Finally, the paper notes that there is one endemic species, Arenivaga floridensis Caudell, which is restricted to sandy areas in central Florida.

Overall, this paper provides valuable insight into the diversity of cockroach species in Florida and their distributions, including several species that are of ecological or economic importance.

1 Common Indoor Roach In Miami 

German Cockroach Blattella germanica

List of 7 Most Common Outdoor Roaches That Can Infest Homes In Florida

  1. American Cockroach Periplaneta americana
  2. Smokey Brown Cockroach Periplaneta fuliginosa
  3. Florida Woods Cockroach Eurycotis floridana
  4. Australian Cockroach Periplaneta australasiae
  5. Asian Cockroach Blattella asahinai
  6. Oriental Cockroach Blatta orientalis
  7. Brown-Banded Cockroach Supella longipalpa 

List of 44 Not So Common Roches Found Outside In Florida

  1. Banana Cockroac, Cuban cockroach* Panchlora nivea
  2. Bilunate Cockroach (Ischnoptera bilunata)
  3. Boll’s wood cockroach Parcoblatta bolliana  
  4. Broad Keys cockroach Hemiblabera tenebricosa Rehn & Hebard
  5. Broad wood cockroach Parcoblatta lata (Brunner)
  6. Chorisoneura Parishi 
  7. cinereous cockroach*, lobster cockroach Nauphoeta cinerea (Olivier)
  8. Dark Wood Cockroach (Ischnoptera deropeltiformis)
  9. Death’s head cockroach Blaberus craniifer Burmeister
  10. Fictured beetle cockroach Plectoptera picta Saussure & Zehntner
  11. Florida Beetle Cockroach (Plectoptera poeyi)
  12. Florida sand cockroach Arenivaga Floridensis
  13. Fulvous Wood Cockroach Parcoblatta fulvescens
  14. Hustler cockroach (Eurycotis lixa Rehn)
  15. Laberus discoidalis Serville
  16. Least yellow cockroach (Cariblatta lutea minima)
  17. Little Gem Roach Roach Aglaopteryx gemma
  18. Madeira cockroach* Rhyparobia maderae (F.)
  19. Maya Cockroach Epilampra maya Rehn
  20. Neoblattella detersa
  21. Neoblattella detersa (Walker)
  22. Pale bordered field roaches Pseudomops septentrionalis
  23. Pallid cockroach Phoetalia pallida (Brunner)
  24. Pennsylvania wood cockroach arcoblatta pensylvanica (DeGeer)
  25. Rehn’s cockroach Latiblattella rehni
  26. Sand Cockroaches Myrmecoblatta wheeleri, Hebard
  27. Schwarz’s hooded cockroach (Compsodes schwarzi (Caudell)
  28. Shortwing gem cockroach Euthlastoblatta gemma
  29. Shortwing gem cockroach Euthlastoblatta gemma (Hebard)
  30. Small hairy cockroach (Holocompsa nitidula (F.)
  31. Small Hooded Cockroach (Compsodes cucullatus)
  32. Small Texas cockroach honsoneura texensis 
  33. Small Yellow Cockroach Cariblatta lutea lutea
  34. Smooth cockroach Symploce pallens (Stephens)
  35. Surinam cockroach Pycnoscelus surinamensis
  36. Surinam cockroach* Pycnoscelis surinamensis (L.)
  37. Symploce morsei Hebard
  38. Tawny Cockroach or Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach Ectobius pallidus
  39. The brown cockroach (Periplaneta brunnea)
  40. Uhler’s wood cockroach Parcoblatta uhlenana (Saussure)
  41. Virginia wood cockroach Parcoblatta virginica (Brunner)
  42. West Indian leaf cockroach Blaberus discoidalis
  43. Wood Cockroach (Parcoblatta divisa)


An 80% or better reduction in cockroach abundance can be achieved using the following IPM approach.

Use only a thin layer of mulch around the home that extends 1 ft (30.5 cm) out from the foundation. This will allow drying time and make conditions less conducive to cockroach survival.

Apply control products within 3 feet (91.5 cm) of the home in pine straw, fallen leaves, or ivy, and next to other cockroach habitats such as garden borders, large rocks, or railroad ties. Always follow the label.

Treat sheltered cracks and crevices such as porch corners, under ledges, in crawl space gratings, and under garage doors. Baits or liquid products can be used, but not both at the same time in the same place.

If you’re in Miami and have noticed an increase in big roach sightings, it’s time to take action. Don’t let these pests invade your home and compromise your health. The rise in roach sightings is a public health concern that needs to be addressed, and the team at [Company Name] is here to help. With our targeted pest control measures, we can eliminate roaches and prevent them from returning. We also provide education and prevention strategies to help you maintain a pest-free home. Don’t wait for the problem to get worse – contact us today to schedule a Free phone consultation and take the first step towards a safe and healthy living environment.

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