What do Oriental cockroaches look like?
- Size: 1 in.
- Color: Shiny black to dark brown
- Body Structure: Oval-shaped body. Females have a slightly broader body and functionless wing pads. Males have fully-developed wings yet are incapable of flight as well.
Characteristics of Oriental cockroaches
The adult female will lay an egg capsule, which she carries attached to her abdomen for about a day before depositing the capsule near a food source. Females produce around 8 capsules, each containing 16 eggs. The gestation period is approximately 2 months. When eggs hatch, the offspring emerge as nymphs. Depending upon environmental conditions, it can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years for nymphs to develop into mature adults, molting anywhere from 7-10 times during the process.
Oriental cockroaches are slow movers, can barely climb, and few are capable of flying. They are sometimes referred to as “black beetles” because of their coloring.
When are oriental cockroaches most active?
Where are Oriental cockroaches found?
The Oriental cockroach prefers moist, dark areas and is found under porches, in crawlspaces, in sink drains and garbage disposals as well as around sewer drains and pipes. Likewise, they can be found in and around decaying plant and animal life, indoors or out.
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