Call today for a free quote!

Asian Cockroach


Actual Size: 16 mm

Characteristics: Brown with two darker parallel bands running lengthwise.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, and they are capable of flying.

Habitat: Asian cockroaches prefer outdoor areas in mulch, compost, leaf litter, and lawns.


  • Asian cockroaches look similar to German cockroaches, but prefer to live outdoors.
  • They most commonly live in shaded areas, mulch, grass, and compost piles. 
  • Asian cockroaches invade homes and buildings, but indoor infestations are rare occurrences.

Asian Cockroach

Asian Cockroaches in Atlanta, GA

Originally native to Southeast Asia, the Asian cockroach has gradually spread to other parts of the world. They are often mistaken for the common German cockroach due to their similar appearance. Asian cockroaches demonstrate strong flying capabilities with sustained flights of at least 120 feet. They are primarily an outdoor species, but they do venture indoors. Unlike most cockroach species that are nocturnal, Asian cockroaches are also active during the day and are commonly drawn to artificial light sources. This behavior can be a nuisance as they often invade homes and outdoor spaces, particularly during evening hours.

Asian Cockroach Habitat

Unlike German cockroaches, Asian cockroaches prefer outdoor habitats. They thrive amidst mulched beds, compost piles, leaf litter, and lawns. At first glance, people will often mistake Asian cockroaches for German cockroaches, due to their similar appearance. Asian cockroaches are active during the daytime as well as nighttime, being easily attracted to artificial light sources. Their occasional intrusion indoors occurs when they fly inside through open entry points, such as illuminated doorways or windows. While it can be alarming for homeowners to discover Asian cockroaches indoors, it’s important to note that indoor infestations are exceedingly rare.

Asian Cockroach Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Due to their resemblance to German cockroaches or flying insects, such as moths, people may incorrectly identify Asian cockroaches. This misidentification can lead to misunderstandings and incorrect pest control measures. The presence of Asian cockroaches can cause allergies in sensitive individuals. This holds particular significance if an infestation occurs indoors. In outdoor spaces, the infestation of Asian cockroaches can cause concerns, such as contaminating outdoor dining areas or making gardens and lawns less inviting.

If you are experiencing an Asian cockroach problem, contact your local cockroach exterminators at Inspect-All Pest Services for assistance.