The oriental cockroach is recognizable by its colour ranging from dark brown to black and a shiny body. The male is almost 25 mm long while the female is almost 32 mm long. The male has wings covering 75% of his body and the female has very small rudimentary wings, both of which do not fly.
The oriental cockroach feeds on different food and organic matter but prefers a diet rich in starch.
The oriental cockroach is found in hot and humid places, such as the basements of buildings and the ground floors. It rarely goes upstairs.
The female transports the eggs to an ootheca (capsule in which the eggs are kept) which she deposits in a warm place and near a food source. On average, the female will produce about 8 egg banks containing approximately 16 eggs.