Oriental Cockroaches

What Are Oriental Cockroaches?

Also called “water bugs,” Oriental cockroaches prefer to live outside in very damp areas. They have a shiny, dark brown or black body and a beetle-like appearance. The females have a wide body with short wings, while males have a more narrow body with longer wings. Adults grow to about one inch in length.

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Are Oriental Cockroaches Dangerous?

Oriental cockroaches travel through sewers feeding on the filth inside. Their outdoor living and feeding habits make them a dangerous pest to live inside your home or business. As they travel throughout their less than sanitary habitats, they pick up a variety of bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites, that pose a large health risk to people. They also contaminate food and surfaces in your home.

Why Do I Have An Oriental Cockroach Problem?

Oriental cockroaches live outside either in sewers or drains or under mulch, leaf litter, or other organic debris. They may move inside during periods of dry weather, when the temperature outside drops, or while foraging for food. Oriental cockroaches enter into homes through cracks in foundations, under doors, and through drains. Inside of homes and other structures, these cockroaches like to live in dark damp areas like crawl spaces, basements, and bathrooms.

How Do I Get Rid Of Oriental Cockroaches?

If you're looking for a way to eliminate Oriental cockroaches from your property for good, your answer lies with Dandi Guaranty! Our pest technicians are always available to inspect homes for signs of cockroach activity. If Oriental cockroaches are found in your home our technicians will eliminate the existing infestation and treat your home to prevent future infestations. Visit our residential pest control page to learn more about our Quarterly Pest Control Plan and how we can help solve your Oriental cockroach problems today!

Can I Eliminate Oriental Cockroaches Myself?

Partnering with Dandi Guaranty is the best solution for Oriental cockroaches in your home. To prevent these pests from creating problems to begin with it is best to eliminate sources of food, water, and potential shelter. Make sure to put into place the following prevention tips.

  • Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins.
  • Store food either in the refrigerator or containers with airtight lids.
  • Place barriers between mulch or soil and your home's foundation.
  • Seal cracks in your foundation and exterior walls and place mesh covers over drains leading into your home.
  • Fix leaky pipes and make sure gutters are working to direct water away from your home's exterior.
  • Use dehumidifiers to keep basements and other areas of your home dry.

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