Oriental cockroaches are a common pest found around the Midwest. While still under the heading of cockroach, they differ from their American and German cousins in a number of ways. These cockroaches are black in color, rather than brown, and they are slower and less wary of threats. They have an almost greasy appearance, and lack functioning wings. Sometimes called water bugs, they prefer dark, damp areas. This often leads them to invade houses, in areas such as under sinks or washing machines, or in drains and damp basements. They also have a preference for sewers, which can be problematic if they take up residence within your home.

Oriental Cockroach Life Cycle

Oriental cockroaches are fairly large, usually around an inch in length. Females of the species are wider than males. Like most other cockroaches, the females lay egg capsules. Containing 16 eggs each, the capsules are hidden by a female in a safe location close to food. The eggs take around two months to hatch in ideal conditions. Once hatched, the young will molt several times over the course of two years. Upon reaching adulthood, these insects will survive for another one to six months.

Feeding predominantly on dead and decaying organic matter, these insects will often traverse through sewers and garbage disposals. If they are able to gain entrance to your home they can contaminate food and utensils with the bacteria they pick up when in these unsanitary areas. This bacteria can lead to food poisoning and other illnesses. They also can leave behind foul odors on surfaces they come into contact with, and their excrement can lead to complications with asthma or allergic reactions. Oriental cockroaches are hard to get rid of, even more so than other species of cockroach. Professional help is recommended, and our technicians can help you locate problem areas and get your home back to being cockroach-free!

Did You Know?
Oriental cockroaches can actually withstand slightly cooler temperatures, and can survive out of doors in spring and fall.