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Oriental Cockroach Appearance and Size Facts

Among the most common cockroach species in America, Oriental cockroaches, often referred to as water bugs, are distinctively different from other cockroach species due to their appearance and size. These cockroaches are relatively large when compared to similar species, measuring approximately 1 to 1.25 inches in length. A defining feature of Oriental cockroaches can be found in their shiny, dark brown to black exoskeleton. Unlike some other cockroach species, Oriental roaches have wings, but they are not capable of sustained flight. Instead, these wings serve as protective covers for their bodies. Male and female Oriental cockroaches have different wing sizes.

They are generally easy to spot due to their large size and dark coloration, but that does not mean you’ll be able to find them. With a preference for dark, out-of-the-way spaces to congregate, tracking down these roaches can be a challenge.


Identifying Oriental Cockroaches From Other Cockroaches
Oriental cockroaches have characteristics that set them apart from other roaches, but they are still elusive creatures. Their large size and dark coloring make them distinguishable from other cockroach varieties, but without the proper experience in pest identification, it can be difficult for you to be certain. That’s why you should count on Hulett to take the doubt out of pest control with a positive ID of all the pests in and around your home.

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Behavior and Habitat of Oriental Roaches

Oriental cockroaches in your house are likely to be found in damp, dark, and cool environments. They thrive in areas with high humidity levels, which is why they are often associated with basements, crawl spaces, sewers, and other moist locations. They are known to frequently enter homes through sewer pipes.


These cockroaches have a distinctive slow and deliberate crawling pattern, making them appear sluggish compared to other roach species. Their preference for moisture-rich environments often leads them to hide in cracks and crevices near water sources.

Signs of Infestation of Oriental Roaches

All cockroaches spend most of their time in the dark where they can eat and breed undisturbed, making tracking them down a difficult process. That said, there are three key indicators to watch for if you believe you may have Oriental cockroaches in your home.

Sightings. It may seem obvious, but if you see a single cockroach, there are likely more. Oriental cockroaches are social insects that live in large groups, so eliminating a single roach will not solve your problem.

Odor. Oriental cockroaches emit a strong odor. Keep your nose tuned for a musty aroma near shadowy areas when looking for roaches.

Droppings. Cockroach droppings are small and brown. Look for collections of these coffee ground-like feces in areas that attract roaches to scan for their presence. 

Tips for Prevention of Oriental Roaches

The first step you can take to prevent a cockroach infestation is to limit the factors that draw them in. That means reducing moisture and water leaks from pipes and faucets around your home. Any standing water in your garage or basement can serve as a beacon for nearby roaches, so make sure all puddles are dried.

You should then seal the entry points they use to make sure no further roaches get inside, but that may be easier said than done. You should look at doorways and windows for any gaps, but with their ability to crawl in through pipes and even the tiniest spaces, this can be tricky. Luckily, the pest experts from Hulett are here to help. 


Getting Rid of Oriental Cockroaches

As an industry leader in pest control, we know how to get rid of Oriental roaches better than most. Hulett Environmental Services offers specialized pest control solutions designed to target Oriental cockroaches and prevent their return. Our team conducts thorough inspections to identify the specific pests in your home and where they come from so they can tailor treatment plans to resolve your situation quickly and efficiently.

Across our entire selection of pest control services, we prioritize the health of your family first. Our minimally invasive treatments avoid risks for your pets, and we employ our eco-conscious solutions that are deadly to pests but not harmful to the environment.


Effective Oriental Cockroach Control Solutions

For over 50 years, Hulett has been your trusted partner in pest control and prevention. This reputation of service and success continues to this day as thousands of people count on Hulett to get the job done right each year. 

Get your free pest inspection today, and we’ll help you get back to the pest-free home you’ve missed. For the highest quality pest control available, contact us and schedule your appointment now.

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