The Oriental cockroach appearance ranges from a shiny black to a dark red color. Males typically only reach a length of about 25 mm and three quarter length wings, while females can reach about 32 mm and does not have wings. Even though the male has wings they are not capable of flying.
Oriental cockroaches are known in the pest world for their preference to feed on garbage, filthy material that has begun to decay and rot. These cockroaches can survive up to one month without having a food source but cannot survive more than two weeks without water.