Oriental Roaches

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Fall



1 inch

Inch Long



What do Oriental Roaches look like?

Adult oriental roaches can grow up to 1 inch in length and are shiny black in color; males and females will vary slightly in appearance. The female oriental roach has a wide body and short wings, while the male has a narrower body and longer wings; neither the male nor female are capable of flight. These roaches can also be identified by a strong, musty odor that they give off.

What are the signs of Oriental Roaches?

Some people refer to oriental roaches as “water bugs” because they can be seen crawling out of drains or pipes. Outside, oriental roaches live in moist areas like sewers, under leaf piles, under stones, and underneath firewood piles.

Oriental roaches will move inside homes and other buildings if the weather becomes too hot and dry or while searching for food.

Oriental roaches enter homes through the spaces found around utility pipes, underneath doors, and through floor drains. Inside, they can be found hiding and living in basements, crawl spaces, and around washing machines. They will feed on any type of organic matter that they can find and on starchy foods.

What Damage do Oriental Roaches cause?

Oriental roaches can contaminate food and spread disease throughout your home. They can also damage expensive electronics. They seek warmth from electronics such as laptops, televisions, and clocks.

How do you prevent Oriental Roaches?

Along with getting professional services to control oriental roaches year-round in your home or business, there are some things that you can do to help prevent them from taking over your property:

  • Seal any cracks that are found in the foundation and exterior walls; install door sweeps underneath exterior doors.
  • Seal openings found around pipes or other utilities entering your home.
  • Repair leaky pipes or faucets that may attract oriental cockroaches to your property or into your home.
  • Immediately sweep up crumbs and clean up spills in your kitchen and pantry areas.
  • Regularly wash dirty dishes; do not leave them sitting in the counter.
  • Store food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator never out in the open on counters or tables.

How do I get rid of Oriental Roaches?

You can vacuum oriental roaches to help control an infestation but you might not successfully remove all other them or their eggs. Call Suburban Exterminating to remove your infestation.

Can Oriental Roaches hurt me?

Oriental roaches are a dangerous pest species; the bacteria and pathogens that they carry on their bodies are introduced into your home with them and can cause vomiting, fever, and diarrhea in people. Many people, especially children, are highly allergic to their feces and shed skins which can trigger severe asthma attacks in some.

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