Oriental Cockroach

Category: Cockroaches

Scientific Name: Drosophila species



Color: Black

Size: 1 inch long

Region: Found in the Northern United States

Lifespan: 1 year

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Important Considerations:

  • Oriental cockroaches will eat almost anything. They prefer feeding on food and decaying food or plants.
  • This breed of cockroach is known for its pungent, roachy smell.
  • In general, all breeds of cockroaches are major sources of disease. They carry 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 parasitic worms, and other kinds of pathogens.


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

Oriental cockroaches are very hardy and can survive well both inside and outside — even in freezing temperatures. If you have cockroaches in your yard, they are likely living in sewers or under debris, rocks, stones, firewood, or other places that are dark and damp. Inside, they also seek areas of high moisture. They particularly like pipes, drains, basements, or crawl spaces.