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Oriental Roaches

Oriental Roaches are sometimes misidentified as a large beetle and have been nicknamed “waterbugs” because they can be seen coming out of drains. When numbers are large or one is crushed a very pungent odor will be produce.

Pest Description:

  • Color: Reddish brown to shiny black
  • Legs: 6
  • Shape: Oval 
  • Size: 1 – 1 1/4” 
  • Antennae: Yes
  • Region: United States
  • Habits: While Oriental roaches are not commonly found in most homes, they are abundant in, sewer lines, grocery stores, commercial facilities, apartment and office buildings, restaurants and hospitals. 
  • Habitat: Indoors, these large roaches become abundant in damp, secluded areas like basements, crawlspaces, drain lines, sewer-ejector pits and water meter boxes. Outdoors, they can be found in ground cover, leaf litter, around stones, in planter beds and other debris. 
  • Threats: People with allergies are at risk since medical studies have recently shown that cockroach allergens cause allergies and can bring on asthma attacks, particularly in young children.   

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