Oriental cockroaches are believed to be of North African origin,
despite their name. Oriental roaches are sometimes called
"waterbugs" because they come out of drains, and "black beetle
cockroaches" because of their smooth, dark bodies. They are known
for their strong, unpleasant, "roachy" odor.
The Oriental cockroach feeds on all kinds of food, especially
decaying organic matter and starchy foods. This species of
cockroach can survive outdoors in freezing temperatures for long
periods of time.
Outside, Oriental cockroaches are often found in sewers and
under debris, leaves, stones and firewood. They will enter
structures through door thresholds, under sliding glass doors,
along utility pipes and through floor drains. Once indoors,
Oriental cockroaches find harborage in basements and crawl
Cockroaches like Oriental roaches have been reported to spread
at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at
least seven other kinds of human pathogens. Oriental cockroaches'
habit of feeding on filth means that they are likely to pick up
germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through
decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto