Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach
Oriental Cockroach (Photo credit: K Schneider)

The Oriental Cockroach

Oriental cockroaches are a ginormous species of roach; about 1 to 1.5 inches in length. They are a dark brown to black color. Female roaches and male roaches vary substantially. Females have tiny wings, while the male’s wings are much larger and cover about ¾ of the roach’s back. Neither gender can actually fly. The female is also a little wider than the male.

Oriental roaches are found all throughout the northwest, mid-west, and southern U.S. These roaches are considered some of the filthiest and grossest cockroaches around. Eww! They get this stigma because of their love for trash. These roaches can be found raiding your trash and feeding on dead and decaying animals. They can also transfer pathogens like E. coli, Salmonella, etc.

Oriental cockroaches are also known as waterbugs. This is because they are commonly found in city drains and sewers. These cockroaches are also very dependent on water and will die quickly without it. They usually cannot survive more than two weeks without water. If they do have water, they can survive up to a month without food.

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