Oriental Cockroach

Actual Size: 1″ to 1 1/4″

Characteristics: Oriental roaches are relatively large and reddish-brown to black.


  • Oriental Cockroaches can be present in both commercial facilities and some residential homes.
  • Indoors, these “waterbugs” become very abundant in damp, secluded places such as crawlspaces, basements, and sump pumps.
  • They prefer to feed on starchy foods and decaying organic matter.
  • They are not very abundant outside in our northern climes.


There’s a reason why many people joke that roaches can survive a nuclear apocalypse. These pests are very hardy, can survive in many different environments, and are extremely hard to get rid of. Cockroaches are found all over the globe, but in the area, there are three main species to look out for as they attempt to infest your home or business

Oriental Cockroach

Unlike the American and German roach varieties, the Oriental cockroach is large (1” to 1 1/4″) with a glossy black body, and moves fairly slow. They aren’t bothered as much by cooler climates and are more likely to be found outside in bushes, under mulch and leaf ground cover, and around other damp areas. These roaches in particular are extremely elusive, and can hide in plain sight even after casual inspections.

Adult Oriental cockroaches can be easily killed with residual insecticides; however, females can start hatching new nymphs as little as two months after a single application. Diligence is key when dealing with roaches.

What Can I Do?

These three cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers, meaning they’ll eat pretty much anything they can find. They prefer meats, starches, sugars, and fatty foods, all of which can be found in food preparation and waste disposal areas. As with most pests, your best bet for roach control is to keep these areas clean and clear to eliminate the roaches’ food source. However, you shouldn’t wait too long to address a potential infestation before it gets out of hand. Homeowners and business owners in should consider calling the professionals at New Mexico Pest Control as soon as possible to make sure the situation is handled quickly and effectively.

Get Rid of Cockroaches

All three of these cockroaches are covered under New Mexico Pest Control’s year-round pest control program, which helps keep your home and property protected against the most common pests. When you schedule service for roach control, you don’t need to cover any areas or make any special arrangements for early or late-night appointments. We will send out an expert pest control technician to do the following:

  • Determine the type of cockroach
  • Discreetly apply bait gels and other materials in roach vulnerable areas
  • Seal small holes or crevices if they are contributing to the infestation
  • Continue to service your account weekly until the infestation is solved
  • Place “sticky traps” to monitor further activity
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home or facility from further infestations

If you see one cockroach in your home or business, chances are they’re not alone. Don’t wait too long to act and risk a cockroach infestation. Contact New Mexico Pest Control today, and we’ll respond with quick, effective roach control service that respects your time and budget.