The Oriental cockroach both male and female are very dark brown almost black. Sometimes called water bugs, they can be found living in moist high humidity areas such as boiler rooms, basements ceiling voids and can be found under manhole covers, flat roofs, and drains.
Reddish-brown or black in colour
Adults are between 20mm-30mm
Between 14-18 of eggs per oothecae (Egg Case)
Between 1-18 ootheca produced, average 10
Egg to adult in 6-18 months
They prefer to feed on starchy or decaying foods, and can get most of their water consumption from their surroundings and food they eat.
They can be found under manholes in sewers, under flat roofs, basements, between wood, brick, even in gardens.
Reasons for control
Nuisance:Cockroach infestations can cause considerable discomfort to people where an infestation is present. The cockroach or faeces may cause allergic reactions among some people.
Food safety: Cockroaches have the ability to transfer pathogens. Foods tainted by cockroaches can cause food poisoning as well as a host of diseases.
Detecting an infestation
Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.
Small pellets, almost the size of gravy granules can be found in cupboards along walls and outside their point of entry to your property.
Placed and hatched egg cases is another clear sign o
Know your options
Do It Yourself
Let us not play around, doing it yourself is not always easy. But it can be cost-effective even if you end up hiring someone else to complete the job. If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.
Pest Control Company
In truth, most pest companies give a good image of themselves and do a good job. Like any industry, you will get your good companies and not so good. Like any trade, we would suggest someone who comes recommended. Failing that, you can search through our directory to find a registered pest control company. These will be licenced pest controllers that go by a standard of guidelines. You can find their address here and much more at our website: