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Oriental Cockroach

Blatta orientalis
  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
In the United States, it is known as the water bug or black beetle. 

Its color ranges from dark brown to black. 

It grows to about 1 inch or more. The female is normally larger than the male and is known to reach up to half an inch.

They take much longer to develop with their young ones molting over 8 times to reach adult hood.

They dwell in damp and cooler places compared to other roaches.

Size : 1 inches
Shape : Oval
Color : Dark brown, almost black
Legs : 6
Wings : No
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Oriental Cockroach
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Dictyoptera
Family : Blattadae
Species : Blatta orientalis


Oriental cockroaches feed on all kinds of filth and other decaying organic matter. They can live for about a month without food but not more than 2 weeks without water. In cold weather you will probably find the migrating indoors.
They prefer high moisture areas like sewers, drainage pipes and damp basements.

They are not easy to locate indoors like in cupboards or on the walls.

In cold weather they usually migrate indoors.
Seal cracks around your home to deny them entry.

Rid them manually from their hiding places in drainages and basements.

Use pest management services for permanent removal.
These cockroaches crawl on dirty spots which have the potential to bring into the house disease causing germs. 

They are also unsightly and scary.
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