Its preference for relatively cool conditions is reflected in its more southern distribution in Australia where it is commonly encountered outdoors (under leaf litter and bark) in damp subfloors, around drainage systems. Oriental cockroaches are relatively sluggish and is usually found at or below ground level in buildings. They are sometimes called “waterbugs” because they come out of drains, and “black beetle cockroaches” because of their smooth, dark bodies. They generally feeds on a variety of decaying organic matter, frequently feeding in garbage disposal areas and are known for their strong, unpleasant odour.

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