Oriental Cockroaches are more commonly referred to as “Water Bugs” because they are more frequently found nesting in areas very moist and cool. They are spotted commonly under sinks and other plumbing areas inside the home as well as areas outside that stay damp and muddy. These pests can be especially a concern for their habit of traveling through sewer pipes other areas where disease and bacteria can easily be picked up on their bodies.

Oriental Cockroaches can be distinguished by their dark color. They are very dark brown, almost black in appearance, with a shiny sheen. Neither the male or female Oriental Cockroach are able to fly.


Oriental Cockroaches are more commonly found in lower level areas of your home when they venture inside. Our Houston pest control technicians regularly see them around drains, under the kitchen or bathroom sink areas, as well as garages where it is usually dark and cool. As mentioned already, they enjoy being around areas that are unsanitary, so it is critical to make sure you let Preventive Pest Control take care of an Oriental Cockroach problem as soon as you begin to see them. If left untreated under optimal conditions, they can reproduce at an amazing rate.

Oriental Cockroaches are generally found outdoors, but will make their way inside under doors that don’t have proper weather seals, through exterior weep holes, or areas like plumbing lines that are not sealed as needed. Our service technicians at Preventive Pest Control can generally get control quickly of Oriental Cockroaches, but long-term control is maintained by our regular service plan.


Our 6-foot roach barrier that we apply with our power sprayer on the exterior of your home will bring the quickest results for Oriental Cockroach control. Our technicians will also inspect your property inside as well as outside to determine what additional treatment methods to use. In addition to our power spray barrier, our technicians may use residual dust in void areas such as weep holes, under cabinets, or other entry points to your home that Oriental Cockroaches may use.

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