Cockroach IdentificationOriental cockroaches are dark brown or black in colour and 20 -25mm long. The wings undeveloped in female and cover ¾ length of the abdomen in the male.
DescriptionOriental cockroaches are adapted for surviving in the natural environment, Oriental cockroaches thrive in cool, damp areas such as basements, drains and openings beneath porches. They are known for their preference for feeding on garbage and decay, these insects can most commonly be found in rubbish tips and leaf litters. Oriental cockroaches run rather than fly. Females deposit 16 eggs in an ootheca (egg case) which hatch in 2 months. The nymphs take 6-18 months to develop into adults.