Color: Dark brown to nearly black
Characteristics: Oriental roaches appear shiny. Males have wings that cover 75% of their abdomen, while the female of the species don’t have any.
Size: Adult Oriental cockroaches tend to be about 1 inch long and the females are about 1 ¼ inch long.
Potentially dangerous: Yes
What is an Oriental cockroach?
Oriental cockroaches are also known as water bugs. They are named this because they are found around very moist areas and are often seen coming out of drains. Oriental cockroaches are shiny black in color and grow to be about 1 inch in length. This cockroach species has a very strong musty smell that is associated with them. The females have a wide body with short wings, and the males have a narrow body with longer wings. Even though they are winged neither gender can fly. Unlike some other species of cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches have the ability to survive freezing temperature for periods of time.
Why do I have them?
Oriental cockroaches are usually found living in sewers, under decaying leaf piles, rocks, and woodpiles. They also move inside homes and buildings when searching for food. They prefer to eat decaying organic matter and starchy foods. Oriental cockroaches enter into homes underneath of doors, through cracks in foundations, and drains. When inside they hide in crawl spaces and basement areas.
Are they dangerous?
Yes, Oriental cockroaches are considered to be dangerous. Before coming into your house they were crawling through sewers, garbage, and excrement. Once inside your home the bacteria that are on their bodies and legs is transferred to food and other surfaces. Cockroaches are known to transmit Salmonella and other many other types of bacteria that can cause vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. They also carry parasitic worms. The mess left behind of their old shedded skins and their excrement can trigger severe asthma attacks, especially in children.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Getting rid of Oriental cockroaches can be extremely difficult mostly because they breed very quickly, and can quickly hide throughout your house. The best way to safely and quickly get rid of an infestation is to contact a pest control professional. At Wil-Kil Pest Control we offer effective cockroach control services that will get rid of your cockroach problem. Contact us to learn more about our pest solutions for homes and businesses.
Can I do it myself?
Do-it-yourself cockroach treatments and products are not usually effective and they don’t work to treat the root of the problem- which is finding out exactly how the cockroaches are getting into your home. Also, pesticides that are used in DIY pest control can be more harmful to people and pets than they are to the actual Oriental cockroach.
How soon can you get here?
Our customers are our top priority. Your Wil-Kil technician is 100% committed to helping you as soon as possible.
How can I prevent this in the future?
Oriental cockroaches can be difficult to prevent but there are some things that you can do around your home to assist in keeping them away. Oriental cockroach prevention tips include:
- Store trash in sealed containers away from the exterior of your home
- Use a dehumidifier in high humidity areas
- Seal around utility entrances on your home
- Keep woodpiles away from the exterior of your home
- Clean up food and liquid spills quickly
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