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What are Oriental cockroaches?

One of the four most common species of roaches to invade homes and businesses located in the United States is the Oriental cockroach. Oriental roaches, like other species of roach, have the potential to find their way into any structure.

 

Oriental cockroaches are not aquatic, but they do prefer to live in very damp or wet areas, which is why they are also called “water bugs.” Oriental cockroaches have an elongated, capsule-shaped body that is shiny black. They are sluggish and move slower than other species of cockroach which tend to scurry quickly from place to place. Oriental cockroaches are also unable to fly.

Oriental Cockroach Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Are Oriental cockroaches dangerous?

Before crawling across the floors, tables, utensils, food, and counters in your home, Oriental cockroaches were traveling through sewers, drains, garbage piles, and other places filled with germs.

 

The bacteria and other pathogens Oriental cockroach spread make people ill causing vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and skin rashes.

 

Allergic reactions also happen when Oriental cockroaches are present. Asthma attacks are triggered by the presence of roaches in susceptible people, especially children.

Why do I have an Oriental cockroach problem?

When living outside, Oriental cockroaches dwell in gardens and underneath porches and decks. Their close proximity to our homes allows them to move inside with ease. Oriental cockroaches often decide to move indoors looking for moisture when the weather outside becomes too hot and dry. They also move indoors while looking for food.

 

It only takes a few of these roaches to find their way into your home for a large infestation to develop. They are able to hide out of sight which gives them a chance to breed and increase their numbers before humans detect their presence.

Where will I find Oriental cockroaches?

The dark color of the Oriental cockroaches makes it difficult to spot these roaches when they're hiding in the dark corners and crevices of your home. They are not great climbers, and they prefer to stay at ground level.

 

At night, they forage for food. During the day, they rest around moist areas such as near drains, sump pumps, and water pipes. Therefore, you will often find infestations in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements.

How do I get rid of Oriental cockroaches?

The easiest and most effective way to eliminate Oriental cockroaches from your Dallas property is to partner with the local pest control experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite. We are a family-owned company and take pride in providing the best treatment possible for our customers.

 

Through fast response times, top-quality services, and the latest products, we rid homes and businesses of damaging and disease-spreading Oriental cockroaches. We utilize comprehensive solutions to quickly eliminate the cockroaches living inside of your home and then implement a plan to prevent them from returning in the future.

 

If you are a home or business owner that would like to learn more about our effective cockroach control solutions, give us a call today! Our professionals are happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule your free estimate!

How can I prevent Oriental cockroaches in the future?

Prevent problems with Oriental cockroaches by partnering with All-Safe Pest & Termite and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are in good working order. Ensure they're directing water away from your home’s foundation.

  • Make sure there is room between landscaping plants so that the sun has space to dry out the soil between rainfall or manual watering.

  • Use caulk to seal any spaces discovered in your home’s foundation.

  • Cover openings in drains and sump pumps.

  • Place covers over window wells.

  • Use dehumidifiers and air-conditioners to reduce humidity levels in your home.

  • Store garbage and recycling bins away from the outside of your home and up off of the ground. Always keep locking lids on both.

  • Limit crumbs in your home. Limit eating to kitchen and dining areas. Regularly vacuum floors, and wipe down counters and tables.

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