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Oriental Cockroaches

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What do Oriental cockroaches look like?

Oriental cockroaches, Blatta orientalis, are typically dark brown to black in color and have a shiny appearance. They are about one inch in length.

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Pest Facts

Did you know?

  • Oriental cockroaches can live for up to one week without their heads. 
  • Oriental cockroaches are from Africa. 
  • These cockroaches are considered one of the dirtiest of all the cockroaches. 

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Can Oriental cockroaches fly?

Female Oriental cockroaches do not have wings, only large wing pads. Male Oriental cockroaches do have wings, but they cannot fly.

What do Oriental cockroaches eat?

This cockroach species prefers to feed on decaying organic matter (including plants and animals), foods rich in starch, and garbage, but they’ll eat almost anything they can find.

Do Oriental cockroaches bite?

It’s not common for Oriental cockroaches to bite, but they are capable. Their bites are usually small and painless. Food scarcity and large infestations may be the cause behind their biting.

Are Oriental cockroaches harmful?

When it comes to Oriental cockroaches, or any cockroach for that matter, you do not want them in your home or business. Cockroaches pick up and carry diseases from sewers and other unsanitary places, contaminating food and surfaces through their droppings, urine, and saliva. Not only can they make people sick, but they are also known to exacerbate allergies and asthma.

How long do Oriental cockroaches live?

Adult Oriental cockroaches can live from 34 to 180 days.

Where are Oriental cockroaches commonly found?

Oriental cockroaches are also called water bugs; it makes sense when you find out they prefer damp areas. Inside homes, Oriental cockroaches are often found near drains and utility pipes, under refrigerators and sinks, around toilets, and in crawl spaces, to name a few of their common hiding spots. 

Outside, Oriental cockroaches are under leaves, rocks, and other yard debris. As previously noted, they often infest sewers. 

What are the signs of an Oriental cockroach infestation?

To determine if Oriental cockroaches have infested your property, look for these signs:

  • Sightings of adult roaches inside or outside, particularly in dark, moisture-rich areas. 
  • Egg capsules, or cases, are dark brown or reddish in color and measure up to 10mm long. 
  • Musty odor secreted by Oriental cockroaches when they infest. 

How do I get rid of Oriental cockroaches?

When Oriental cockroaches infest, it is necessary to act promptly. Like other roaches, these pests multiply rapidly, and it doesn’t take long for them to overwhelm property owners. At Greenway Pest Solutions, we offer pest control services in Phoenix that eliminate cockroaches in homes and businesses. Request a free cockroach control quote below, or give us a call! 

How can I prevent Oriental cockroach infestations?

To make your property less appealing to Oriental cockroaches, our local pest control team recommends the following cockroach prevention tips:

  • Practice good sanitation
  • Keep your kitchen clean 
  • Address moisture or plumbing issues
  • Seal cracks, gaps, and other openings, including those around utility pipes
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