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Answering West Chester's Questions About Oriental Cockroaches

What You Need To Know About Oriental Cockroaches

If you're finding cockroaches in your West Chester home, it is likely that you have questions. Some will be general questions about cockroaches. Others will be more specific questions relating to Oriental cockroaches.

Today, we're going to take a look at some of the most common searches that relate to cockroaches and give you some insight into how Oriental cockroaches relate to other roaches. Perhaps you'll find your question below. Let's take a look!

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Can Cockroaches Climb?

All cockroaches climb. They are expert climbers. If you have asked the internet this question, it is probably because you're wondering whether or not cockroaches can scale your walls and get into your home through vulnerabilities in your roofline and on your roof. We have some bad news for you. They can. This is one reason why it is important to not only seal every potential entry point, but also to bolster your defenses by having EPA-approved products applied to your exterior, and by having a licensed pest management professional use cockroach-specific baits and other control products to get complete control of roaches.

Can Cockroaches Drown?

Yes. Cockroaches can drown. However, it takes a lot to drown a cockroach. A cockroach can hold its breath for around forty minutes. This is another question that can relate to cockroach control. Have you noticed that you have pest control problems after prolonged rain, or do you know someone who has had this happen to them? This is because the ground gets saturated and bugs have to go to higher ground. This is true of cockroaches as well. While they can hold their breath for a long time and they love being in the water, they can't live in the ground if it is soaked with water. They can't breathe. If you want to keep roaches and other pests out of your West Chester home, you need to do your best to keep your gutters clear and working properly. This helps to channel a large amount of water away from your home rather than soaking your perimeter.

Are Cockroaches Dangerous?

Yes. Cockroaches are linked to 33 kinds of bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and 6 parasitic worms. They cause can also cause rashes, aggravate asthma symptoms, and cause or worsen respiratory issues. Due to the problems they cause, cockroaches should be an unwelcome presence in our homes. Oriental cockroaches are dangerous house guests, but fortunately, they are more likely to be guests rather than roomates. This species prefers to live in damp environments, and your home isn't ideal.

Can Cockroaches Bite?

Yes. Cockroaches are able to bite you. Fortunately, they don't prefer to bite you. They have a preference for dead skin and rotting organic matter. But they can accidentally bite you when they crawl on you at night and feed on dead skin around your mouth or in your eyebrows and eyelashes. This can lead to swollen red welts. It is rare for Oriental cockroaches to do this because they don't prefer to explore dry bedroom spaces.

Do Cockroaches Jump?

The pest roaches that get into West Chester properties do not jump. Consider this thought. Have you ever found a roach lying on its back? Do you know why you find them this way? Because cockroaches are top-heavy. When they die, they stop gripping whatever surface they are on and they fall over. This top-heavy anatomy keeps cockroaches always gripping and never jumping. The only time they stop gripping is when they squeeze into tight spaces, which they love to do. This is important to understand because it is why Oriental cockroaches will go in and out of your home frequently. If you don't want them to, you need to find all those tiny gaps and seal them.

Where Do Cockroaches Come From?

We don't imagine this question is related to geography. But if you're curious, German cockroaches are not from Germany, American cockroaches are not from America, and Oriental cockroaches are not from the Orient. It is believed that all roaches have their origins in Africa. That having been said, it is more likely that this question is referring to where cockroaches were before they got into your home. Roaches can live in many places. In nature, they can be found in the cracks of rocks, under rocks, under wood, inside logs, under leaf litter, and in ground holes. Some cockroaches even tunnel into the ground. But in an urban setting, roaches can be found in many dirty places, such as dumpsters and sewers. If roaches find a stinky trash receptacle near your home, it can lure them close and they can accidentally find a small gap to get in your home.   

How Do You Get Rid Of Cockroaches?

There are many ways that people try to get rid of cockroaches. The best way is to have a pest management professional select products and develop a strategy to address your specific cockroach problem. If you live in West Chester, PA or the surrounding area, reach out to Moyer Pest Control. We have a century of pest control experience and know what is required to get rid of cockroaches in West Chester.

To learn more about our home pest control plans in West Chester that offer coverage for cockroaches or to schedule a service, give us a call today!

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