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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.
- 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.