Jumbo Scary Cockroaches

United States

#1 Mar 26, 2013
I just moved near east main east high here in springfield and during warm months have an issue with these big,black bugs that get in the house. They are 1-2 in. Long and shiny black resembling a giant cockroach. Only thing is they don't crawl up walls like an American cockroach. Outside late night these bugs are all over the sidewalk,crawling out of brick foundation and all over parking lot. My landlord argues they are "waterbugs" but they look like huge black roaches! Someone give your input because these things scare me and I want to move

United States

#2 Mar 26, 2013
I did some research are they Oriental Cockroaches?

Columbus, OH

#3 Mar 27, 2013
We have these where I work in Columbus, maybe more of a dark brown than black. I've always been told that they are water bugs, and they definitely aren't as fast as a cockroach. Either way though, I wouldn't want them in my house or yard. Don't really know what you can do about them, I've never dealt with anything but spiders or ladybugs in my homes, but our employer has Orkin come out once a month to spray. Doesn't get rid of them, just slowly kills them. You can find their carcasses every morning.

Main problem is if the neighborhood is infested, it's the same issue as having cockroaches...you aren't going to get rid of them unless everyone else is trying too, otherwise they just travel around and they'll come back when the poison wears off. If you're just renting, I'd leave. I've lived in Columbus, Galloway, Mechanicsburg, South Charleston, West Jefferson, and South Vienna, and have never had to deal with bugs. It's probably just the neighborhood you're in.

Delaware, OH

#4 Mar 27, 2013
What you are seeing is mexican cocka-roaches.

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