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How Much Do You Know About Oriental Cockroaches In Souderton?

October 12, 2020

 

Oriental cockroaches go by many names. Some areas of the United States call them water bugs due to their love of humidity. Others know them as black beetle cockroaches, because of their sleek dark black bodies and shiny appearance. Regardless of what you call these pests, we call them unwelcome around homes. If you do not know much about these pests but know you don’t want them anywhere near your Souderton home, we have some information you should know.

What Are Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are large one-inch long roaches that live in most states across the U.S. Thankfully, unlike American cockroaches, oriental roaches cannot fly, even though the males have a pair of wings. Females, instead of having wings, have wing pads. The purpose of these pads is to protect the first few segments of their body from harm. Although most oriental roaches are shiny black, some species may be reddish-brown.

Primarily outdoor pests, oriental cockroaches are most commonly found under debris, inside sewers, beneath stones, and around firewood. During the colder months or in times of inclement weather, these pests might look for shelter within nearby structures. If your home provides them a way inside, they might invade this fall. Indoors, these dark pests will stay around moist areas such as basements, crawlspaces, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.
 
Although most species of cockroach smell, the odor oriental roaches emit is particularly pungent. If your home smells musty but is completely clean, there is a chance these pests are around, hiding right beyond where you can see.

an rodential cockroach infestation in a home

Dangers Of Oriental Cockroaches

As pests go, oriental cockroaches are about as dangerous as they come. Able to spread over thirty-three different bacteria, seven harmful human pathogens, and six parasitic worms. These dangerous sickness vectors are spread throughout homes by the bodies of cockroaches and the fecal matter that they leave behind. 
 
On top of spreading dangerous illnesses, oriental cockroaches also trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions with their shed skin, saliva, and fecal matter. The larger the number of cockroaches inside a home, the more serious this problem will become.

What Attracts Oriental Cockroaches To Homes

Oriental cockroaches wouldn’t choose your home over nature, as long as the weather outside is nice. The biggest reason these pests get into homes is to survive unfavorable conditions outside. If it has been extra hot, dry, or cold, oriental roaches will be much more likely to invade. There is also always the chance that oriental cockroaches will wander inside, not giving invasion a second thought. Regardless of how they get inside, they will stick around if your home provides them with accessible food, water, and shelter. Use these prevention tips to exclude and deter cockroaches from entering into your Souderton home.

  • Seal up small openings in your home’s exterior using a caulking gun.

  • Address moisture problems around your home.

  • Repair or replace broken window and door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps.

  • Install metal vents over exterior vents.

  • Clean under kitchen appliances regularly and keep your home tidy.

  • Store leftover food inside airtight containers.

  • Make sure your trash has tight-fitting lids.

A Bonus Tip For Dealing With Cockroaches

Keeping cockroaches away from your home is not easy. If you are looking for a straightforward and cost-effective way to get and keep oriental cockroaches out of your Souderton home, let us assist you. At Moyer Pest Control, we have seen everything, and know how to deal with pest problems of all shapes and sizes.
 
Give our team a call today to discuss your options and find the right solution for your home.

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