Despite the name, Oriental cockroaches are believed to have originated in North Africa. Often referred to as waterbugs, this cockroach species has large, shiny and almost-black bodies. The Oriental cockroach typically lives its life in sewers, thriving in wet, dark environments. However, when they do make their way indoors, they can be harmful to the health of you and your family. Known to carry a host of food-borne pathogens and a very noticeable odor, it is important to treat and prevent Oriental cockroaches at the first sign of an infestation.
Identifying the Oriental Cockroach
Though the species is known for their shiny black bodies, the female and male vary in size and appearance. Male Oriental cockroaches are up to 25 mm in length with wings covering three-quarters of their bodies. Females are up to 32 mm in size with non-functioning wing pads that cover just a small portion of their bodies.
Detecting an Infestation
Oriental cockroaches are most commonly found in cabinets with plumbing and in other dark, wet crevices throughout your home or business. They can occur in large numbers around leaks in basements or crawlspaces and often make their way indoors when the weather gets cooler.
Preventing Oriental Cockroaches
If you want to prevent Oriental cockroaches from making your home or residential dwelling theirs, it is important to keep your space clean and dry. Vacuum frequently, wipes up messes and pick up any crumbs. You should also be sure all entrances are sealed, and your space is well ventilated.
Oriental Cockroach Treatment
For home and businessowners dealing with an Oriental cockroach infestation, you can get rid of the unwelcomed visitors by calling the professionals at Ambassador Pest Control to identify the source of your pest problem and develop a customized treatment plan to keep bugs or rodents from returning. Your unique situation may vary, but our pest control technicians have been highly trained to assess your personal pest problem and implement the right solution to fit your needs. Request a free inspection with one of our qualified specialists today!