Oriental cockroaches are glossy dark brown to black. The wings of the adult male cover one-half to three-fourths of the abdomen, the female has rudimentary wings that are reduced to mere lobes. Neither sex can fly
Nymphs and adults are often found near decaying organic matter. Favorable habitats for the Oriental cockroach include lawns, compost piles, sewers, flower beds, basements and dumps. During drought and cool weather, many of these roaches may move into houses and other buildings.