When disturbed this roach gives off a foul smelling liquid that gives it its popular name of “stinking” cockroach. Typically it will be found outdoors under materials on the ground such as lumber or thick leaf mulch or in thick vegetation, but occasionally makes its way inside structures where it may migrate to lower areas such as a basement. It is essentially a tropical species that cannot survive cold climates, and it will be found where moisture is available. It often will be found on roofs where it is able to get under roofing materials.
Not considered a major pest problem outdoors, but it can be controlled with bait granules as well as applications of residual insecticides to hiding places or around possible entry points into structures. Habitat modification to remove harborage opportunities is important in landscaped areas. Closing entry points permanently is a good practice to prevent it from getting inside. It cannot survive if it is trapped indoors, and vacuuming may be an appropriate control.