Oriental Cockroach


Actual Size: 1″ to 1 1/4″

Characteristics: Oriental roaches are relatively large and reddish-brown to black.


  • Oriental Cockroaches can be present in both commercial facilities and some residential homes.
  • Indoors, these “waterbugs” become very abundant in damp, secluded places such as crawlspaces, basements, and sump pumps.
  • They prefer to feed on starchy foods and decaying organic matter.


There’s a reason why many people joke that roaches can survive a nuclear apocalypse. These pests are very hardy, can survive in many different environments, and are extremely hard to get rid of. Cockroaches are found all over the globe, but there are several main species to look out for as they attempt to infest your home or business.

Oriental Cockroach Identification

Unlike the American and German roach varieties, the Oriental cockroach is large (1″ to 1 1/4″) with a glossy black body, and moves fairly slow. They aren’t bothered as much by the cooler climate, and are more likely to be found outside in bushes, under mulch and leaf ground cover, and around other damp areas. These roaches in particular are extremely elusive, and can hide in plain sight even after casual inspections.

Adult Oriental cockroaches can be easily killed with residual insecticides; however, females can start hatching new nymphs as little as two months after a single application. Diligence is key when dealing with roaches.

Preventing Oriental Cockroaches

Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers, meaning they’ll eat pretty much anything they can find. They prefer meats, starches, sugars, and fatty foods, all of which can be found in food preparation and waste disposal areas. As with most pests, your best bet for roach control is to keep these areas clean and clear to eliminate the roaches’ food source. However, you shouldn’t wait too long to address a potential infestation before it gets out of hand. Homeowners and business owners should consider calling the professionals at Pest Defense Solutions as soon as possible to make sure the situation is handled quickly and effectively.

Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are covered under Pest Defense Solutions ’s year-round pest control program, which helps keep your home and property protected against 36 common pests. When you schedule service for roach control, you don’t need to cover any areas or make any special arrangements for early or late-night appointments. We will send out an expert pest control technician to do the following:

  • Determine the type of cockroach
  • Discreetly apply bait gels and other materials in roach vulnerable areas
  • Seal small holes or crevices if they are contributing to the infestation
  • Continue to service your account weekly until the infestation is solved
  • Place “sticky traps” to monitor further activity
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home or facility from further infestations

If you see one cockroach in your home or business, chances are they’re not alone. Don’t wait too long to act and risk a cockroach infestation. Contact Pest Defense Solutions today, and we’ll respond with quick, effective roach control service that respects your time and budget.