Color
Dark brown or black; glossy
Shape
Oval
Antennae
Yes
Region
Northwest, Midwest, and Southern U.S.
Legs
Six
Size
1″ long
Flying
Males have functional wings, female’s wings are non-functional
Oriental Roach

Habits: Oriental cockroaches tend to be slower than other species. They are often called “water bugs” due to their preference for dark and moist places. They are often dwellers of basements, porches, and other damp locations.

Habitat: Oriental cockroaches can be found in homes, but are also drawn to damp locations outdoors, such as sewers, drains, under mulch, under leaves, and other moist outdoor areas.

Threats: Oriental roaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Recent medical studies have shown that cockroach allergens cause allergies and exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in children and those living in metro-city areas. As with other species of roaches, Oriental cockroaches can pose a threat to individuals with allergies.

Prevention: Wondering how to get rid of oriental cockroaches? The best advice for oriental cockroach control is to practice good sanitation. To prevent oriental cockroaches from infesting your space, vacuum often, keep a spotless kitchen, seal all entrances around utility pipes and ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup. If there is evidence of a cockroach infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the brown-banded cockroach problem.