Oriental Cockroaches

What do oriental cockroaches look like?

Oriental cockroaches are often referred to as “water bugs”. They are dark black and shiny or glossy. The oriental cockroach grows to approximately 1 inch long. While the male has wings, it doesn’t fly. The female has no wings, only wing pads that shield the upper segments of her body. The oriental cockroach has 6 spiny legs and long flowing antennae. 

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Are oriental cockroaches dangerous?

Like other species of cockroaches, the oriental cockroach can carry many common diseases. Oriental cockroaches are known more for being a nuisance pest than a pest that is dangerous to humans. Infestations of oriental cockroaches are uncommon. Oriental cockroaches are not considered major household pests in the South Carolina. 

Oriental cockroaches habitat.

Oriental cockroaches like moist, damp places that are away from humans. Oriental cockroaches may enter a home in search of a source of water. They are most commonly found around decaying organic mater in sewers, damp basements, drains, and other damp places. Oriental cockroaches can be found outside under mulch, damp leaf piles, under bushes and other damp areas. 

How do I get rid of oriental cockroaches?

Oriental cockroach infestations are not common but can be quite difficult for the average person to get rid of on their own. Prevention is the key to avoiding an Oriental cockroach problem. Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control technicians have been trained to identify and eliminate Oriental cockroaches as well as other common household pests through our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program. 

How can I prevent Oriental cockroach problems at my home or business?

Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any Oriental cockroach problems in your home. 

  • Clean regularly, do not leave crumbs or spills. 
  • Keep dishes washed nightly and put away to eliminate that food and water source.
  • Do not leave food out on counters and put away pet food at night in a sealed container. 
  • Seal up cracks in the foundation or basement, use caulking to seal up around windows and doors. 
  • Reduce high humidity areas by using a dehumidifier or air-conditioner where needed. 
  • Remove trash from your home regularly and place it in an outdoor trash can with a tight lid. 
  • Keep trash containers, firewood, and compost piles at least 20 feet from the exterior of your home.
  • Inspect used appliances extremely well before bringing into your home or business. 
  • Clean gutters and downspouts of debris. 
  • Remove brush piles from near the structure. 
  • Remove leaf piles from near the structure. 
  • Keep mulch beds at least 18 inches from structure. 

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