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Brief overview of Oriental roaches

Oriental cockroaches go by many names including waterbugs, shade roaches, and black beetles. Interestingly enough, their true name is a bit misleading as these bugs are native to Africa. 

What do Oriental cockroaches look like?

Typically growing up to one inch in length, Oriental roaches are shiny black in color with smooth bodies. While both females and males have wings, neither are capable of flight.

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oriental cockroach on a dirty plate of food

Where am I likely to see Oriental cockroaches?

Oriental roaches prefer environments that are dark, moist, and that are not visited often.  Wall voids and crawl spaces are common places to find these pests inside. Outside, they’re likely to be found in garbage piles, under leaves and other organic debris, and around sewers and storm drains. It should also be noted that these roaches thrive in port cities like Houston

What do Oriental cockroaches eat?

Oriental cockroaches feed on starchy foods, garbage, and all sorts of decaying matter. These roaches can survive for up to a month without food, but can’t survive for more than two weeks without water.

Are Oriental roaches dangerous?

Given their feeding preferences and ideal living spaces, Oriental roaches should be considered dangerous. Like other types of roaches, they visit unsanitary places and carry potentially dangerous bacteria, parasites, and human pathogens on their bodies and in their feces.

How do I get rid of Oriental cockroaches?

For help getting rid of Oriental roaches in the North Texas area, please contact Adams Exterminating at the first sign of a problem. Our pest control technicians are highly-trained and well-versed in exterminating roaches, and will work with you to develop a cockroach treatment plan for your home or business.


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