The oriental cockroach is also known as a water bug is on the larger side of the species of cockroaches that can infest a home. They can measure upwards of 1 inch in length and can seem somewhat daunting to kill upon first sight. They are brown or black in color and have a high gloss body that can shine in bright light. The females are slightly different than the male, and hide their wingless as they do have short wings that do not do anything. They are too large to fly (weight differential). The females are wider than the males and are often times brown opposed to black. Here’s the kicker with these types of insects, the males will be able to fly! You will often times see these short flights of upwards of 3 meters across your home which can seem scary to some. The wings of the male are a bit longer and do sustain flight, which is one of the issues that many have when dealing with this bug.
The oriental cockroach will travel slower than others, even though they can fly. They like moist and dark areas and will be around places that tend to have mold growth. You’ll find them around drains, basements, porches, and any area around the home that has decaying organic matter in the vicinity. They can infest a wide range of areas and are not uncommon in the Southern region of the United States.
The hard thing about these pests is that they prefer to hide and stay near a warm spot. They love high humidity as well and rely heavily on non-changing climate so they will not be easy to find at first. They love the night, and can be quite difficult to get to if an infestation occurs. If there’s a large habitat you will see some in the day, and that’s a sign that you’re home and yard might be completely infested.
Much like other insects, you will not want to wait to start seeing these crawling around your home or yard. You need to call an expert, and it is absolutely important that you do NOT try to kill them all yourself. These pests carry diseases that can infect human beings with bacteria that can really do some damage over time.
It’s very important to make sure that you call in an exterminator. The process of killing of these insects includes a combination of hard pesticide spraying, baiting, and disruption of their habitat. Recurrence can occur which is why it’s important to get a second inspection after a few sprayings have occurred. Monitoring areas in which they live will be an important thing to look into, and clean up will help avoid attracting further colonies from springing up.
It’s important that you do not try to win this battle with over the counter products. You might be able to get a good chunk of them, but they procreate quite rapidly, and you will soon be trying to take on a great deal of cockroaches. The oriental cockroach is often times mistaken for other pests, but they are larger than the average insect, so that’s something to consider.
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