Oriental Cockroach Identification Guide

What are Oriental cockroaches?

Oriental cockroaches are often referred to as “waterbugs” even though they do not live in water; it is because they prefer to live in very damp areas. These roaches have smooth, shiny black bodies. Males have wings that are more developed than females, but this species is not capable of flight. They are a larger species of cockroach with adults growing to about one inch in length. 

oriental cockroach crawling on ground

Are Oriental cockroaches dangerous?

Oriental cockroaches are not aggressive, but they do pose risks to people. They live and travel in sewers, drains, dumpsters, and bathrooms, where they pick up and spread a variety of human pathogens, bacteria, and parasites on their legs and body. Inside homes and other structures, roaches will contaminate food, utensils, dishes, and surfaces. The bacteria they spread can cause fevers, vomiting, and diarrhea. 
Also, these and other species of cockroaches shed their skins and leave piles of excrement behind, triggering allergies and asthma attacks; this is especially true in young children.

Why do I have an Oriental cockroach problem?

Oriental roaches live outside in areas that are close to homes and other buildings. They often move inside while foraging for food. Their entry points include cracks in the foundation, drains, and spaces under doors. Oriental cockroaches are mainly attracted to properties with damp areas of soil and accessible places to forage for food — open trash cans, pet food, compost, and outdoor eating areas.

Where will I find Oriental cockroaches?

Most species of roaches prefer to live in very warm areas, but this species is capable of living in warm or cool areas. Oriental cockroaches usually live in sewers, drains, under decaying leaf piles, rocks, and woodpiles. Inside, they live around drains, sinks, pipes, and other areas of moisture. 

How do I get rid of Oriental cockroaches?

Acquiring help from a professional pest control expert is the best way to eliminate Oriental cockroaches and keep them from returning. At Albemarle Termite & Pest Control, our technicians are highly trained and dedicated to providing safe and effective pest control services that are affordable. We are a local, family-owned pest control company whose number one priority is putting our customers first and exceeding expectations. 
For home or business owners looking to eliminate pests from their property once and for all, call Albemarle Termite & Pest Control today!

How can I prevent Oriental cockroaches in the future?

To help protect your North Carolina property from Oriental cockroaches, consider putting into place the following prevention measures.

  • Seal‌ ‌up entry‌ ‌points‌ ‌in your foundation and‌ ‌exterior‌ ‌walls.‌

  • Leave a barrier between and soil or mulch and your home’s foundation. ‌

  • Fix‌ ‌leaky‌ ‌pipes‌ ‌and‌ ‌fixtures in and around your house.

  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels inside.

  • Keep tight-fitting lids on‌ ‌trash‌ ‌cans‌ ‌and‌ ‌compost‌ ‌bins‌.

  • Keep outdoor eating and grill areas free of food debris.

  • Pick up any uneaten pet food.


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