Some Facts About The Oriental Cockroach

  • The oriental cockroach is one of the most common species found in the UK.
  • They are 25-30mm long.
  • They are dark brown to black in colour.
  • The egg case is called an oothecae and can contain 16 eggs.
  • The female will produce 5-10 oothecae in her lifetime.
  • Cockroaches can be found in areas of high temperature.
  • They can enter a home through food packaging or can come in under a door, air ducts or vents.
  • The oriental cockroach is commonly found in large colonies.

If a cockroach infestation occurs, it will need to be treated very swiftly as they have been found to carry a number of diseases such as salmonella, gastro-enteritis, tuberculosis and tapeworm.  Infestations need professional treatment to be removed and prevent further rapid spread.

Oriental cockroach spotted in Seaford, East Sussex.