Black Cockroaches

There are several different species of cockroach in the United States, but only four of them are frequently found in homes. One of these is the Oriental Cockroach. This species of cockroach is known for its dark color, and is commonly described as a black cockroach. Oriental cockroaches are one of the largest species of cockroaches, growing up to an inch and a half in length. Their body color can range from dark brown to solid black. Male oriental cockroaches have wings that almost span the entire length of the body, while females have tiny wings located behind the head. Only on rare occasions are males capable of flight, and they can only fly for a few meters.

Because of their affinity for moisture, oriental cockroaches are also called water bugs. These cockroaches are commonly found in cool, damp areas, including bathrooms, meter boxes, household plants, basements, and woodpiles. Oriental cockroaches are often trapped and found in the sink and bathtub. They enter these areas because of standing water, but are unable to fly out, and have difficulty walking up smooth surfaces. Oriental cockroaches can reproduce at a remarkable rate, and may quickly infest your home if left alone. A single female can have up to 200 offspring in a year.

The first step to controlling oriental cockroaches is reducing the number of moist, cool areas in and around the home. Remove woodpiles from the side of the home, clean up standing water, and sweep the floor to remove any food sources in the form of crumbs.