The Oriental Cockroach
The oriental cockroach, also known as the water bug or black beetle, is a large species of cockroach, adult males being 18–29 mm and adult females being 20–27 mm. It is dark brown or black in color and has a glossy body.
Origin: The origin of the oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis Linnaeus, is uncertain, but it is thought to be from Africa or south Russia. It is a major household pest in parts of the northwest, mid-west, southern United States, Australia etc.
Are they dangerous? While they do not bite or sting they do feed and live in areas that harbor dangerous bacteria, such as sewers, garbage disposals, dumpsters and bathroom areas. The oriental cockroach will carry the bacteria on their body and contaminate your food and food prep areas, the bacteria can cause vomiting, fever and diarrhea.
- Caulk all penetrations through ground level walls.
- Stop water leaks, screen equipment overflow drains, and take overflow water away from buildings; keep drain traps full or capped.
- Remove rotting leaves from window wells.
- Move garbage cans out of preferred moist habitat.
- Ventilate moist spaces.