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Oriental Cockroaches

What are oriental cockroaches?

oriental cockroaches in middle tennessee

The oriental cockroach is a large cockroach species that is commonly found in Tennessee and many parts of the country.

Like American cockroaches, Oriental roaches are an occasional invader and will enter homes and businesses from the outside.  

You will find them in damp basements, under sinks and in washing machines. Adults grow up to 1 inch in length and are a shiny dark brown color.

Females have a wide body and short wings, while males have a more narrow body and longer wings. However, neither the male or female can fly.


Are oriental cockroaches dangerous?

Oriental cockroaches can cause harm to humans. They feed and live in areas that harbor dangerous bacteria such as sewers, garbage disposals, bathrooms and dumpsters. Because oriental cockroaches carry the bacteria from these areas on their bodies, they can contaminate your food and food prep areas. The bacteria that they carry can induce vomiting, fever and diarrhea. Many people also have allergies to the cockroaches’ excrement and to the skin that they shed; in some people the allergens will cause severe asthma attacks.

Why do I have an oriental cockroach problem?

Oriental cockroaches are typically found outdoors during warm, wet weather. They have to be near water to survive so when the weather becomes extremely dry they will move indoors to find a warm moist area in which to dwell. You will rarely find them in the upper level of your home or business; instead, they will almost always be found on the lower levels and basements. Like other cockroaches in Nashville and Middle TN, the oriental cockroach can also be carried into your home in bags, boxes, or even laundry from a laundry mat.

How do I get rid of oriental cockroaches?

At All-American, we offer our quality pest control as well as green pest control services for homes infested with oriental cockroaches (and over 47 other pests). To learn more about our home pest control plans in Nashville, or to find out how we can help your company resolve its roach problems, please contact us today.


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Can I do it myself?

Oriental cockroaches are active at night when they are foraging for food, making it difficult to know exactly how large of an infestation you are dealing with. Because they bring so much harmful bacteria into your home, it is best to contact professional exterminators in Nashville and Tennessee to have them eliminated as quickly as possible. If you are experiencing a roach problem, contact All-American Pest Control today.

Why choose All-American Pest Control?

With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve your cockroach problem. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive services, a serious commitment, and thorough treatments from our trained pest control experts in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

How can I prevent an oriental cockroach problem in the future?

Seal any cracks or crevices in your foundation to prevent roaches from entering your basement. Repair any leaky pipes in the basement, bathroom or kitchen to discourage them from wanting to stay. Keep all food off of the counters and stored in sealed containers to prevent roaches from using it as a food source.

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