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Oriental Cockroach

  • Scientific Name: Blatta Orientalis
  • Nicknames: Water Bug
  • Length: 1" - 1 1/4"
  • Color: Black to Reddish Brown
  • Aggressive? No
  • Do They Bite? No
  • Poisonous/Venomous? No
  • Disease Carrying? Yes
  • Invasive Species? No

The Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental cockroach is dark reddish brown in color, so dark that it is sometimes referred to as the "Black Beetle". When disturbed, it may run rapidly and adults may fly. Females are wingless, and males have wings. Female Oriental cockroaches can be distinguished from large nymphs by the wing stubs which have definite venation. The adult roach is about 1 inch long (some being reported as 1 1/4 inch in length) and immature cockroaches resemble adults except that they are wingless. Unlike other pest cockroaches, oriental cockroaches cannot climb up smooth surfaces.

Oriental cockroaches generally live in moist areas, but can survive in dry areas if they have access to water. These cockroaches are common in basements, crawl spaces, cracks and crevices of porches, foundations, and walkways adjacent to buildings. They feed on a wide variety of plant and animal material. The Oriental cockroach breeds well in unventilated crawl spaces or basements where humidity is high.

Living Spaces

Crawl Spaces, Garages, Unfinished Basements, Exterior Perimeter, Moist Areas

Diet Choices

Varies Greatly, Not Picky Eaters

Fun Fact

Males have larger wing pads than females

How Do We Remove Them?

One of the pest management experts at McMahon Exterminating will visit your home and provide a proper assessment and ID the bugs that are infesting your home or property to better understand the type of insects or pests that they are dealing with to properly coordinate a plan that will work best for you.

We help educate the customer on things that they might be able to do to help deter the pests as well, and will try to prevent this from becoming a reocurring infestation.

The treatment will begin and we will monitor the situtaion closely to make sure that the numbers are being depleted in the area. Here at McMahon we will place baits and other residual methods where the cockroaches are found to remove them from the area. We want to try to deter the insects from coming to your area as opposed to just chemically treating them, as that will only be a short term solution for you but with McMahon's C.A.N. initiative and our three easy steps — Canvas the area, Act on those results, and Negate re-entry for the pest, we can work to getting your home to pest free status.