Many people misunderstand the water bugs, black beetles, or oriental cockroaches as bugs. These are the different names of 1–2 inch long cockroaches, which are black or dark brownish and color. Oriental cockroaches do not have segmented bodies like other cockroaches. They do not have patterns on their bodies. The only visible features are antennas, head, wings hiding the abdomen, and clear 3-tipped tail.
Oriental cockroaches are comparatively easier to identify. They have small bodies without patterns. Their wings are the most visible feature in their bodies. The male oriental cockroaches can fly, but they do not fly unless they sense a danger around. The female oriental cockroaches cannot fly at all.
Behavior and Habitat
Oriental cockroaches prefer living in warm environments. They like moderate temperature. They usually live in the gardens and damp but hidden places like pipes and drainage system but they may move into the houses during extreme winter or summer, to avoid very cold or hot temperature.
The most common habitats of oriental cockroaches in residential and commercial buildings are water collection systems, sanitary sewers, pipes, and basements. They may crawl into those spaces of your house, which supply adequate moisture for their survival. Oriental cockroaches move away from the dry spaces. This is why, they are also known as wet bugs. Oriental cockroaches may also approach your house after a storm or rain.
Dangers of Oriental Cockroaches
Oriental cockroaches are considered as dirtier cockroaches than the American roaches. They feed on debris, decaying organic matter, and filth. They need water for survival. An average Oriental cockroach dies within two weeks without water. However, they may survive up to one month without food.
As they live on dirtier ingredients, the chances of carrying dangerous germs and bacteria are also bigger. Oriental cockroaches may cause a number of diseases to your family including gastric problems, food poisoning, diarrhea, nasal congestion, dysentery, watery eyes, sneezing, skin rashes, skin allergies, and aggravated asthma.
Control and Treatment for Oriental Cockroaches
Oriental cockroaches usually infest a house or a building with humid and moist environment. They hide better than other 34,999 species of cockroaches, which is why, a thorough professional survey of the building is essential to control their infestation:
- The first step is to call a professional pest control company to conduct a survey.
- Check your dehumidifier. Adjust it if it is working inefficiently.
- Check all pipes and drainage holes. Make sure that the holes are covered with lids. Make sure that the pipes are not leaking.
- Remove any kind of debris or rotting materials from inside and outside the house.
- Make sure that the garbage bin is covered with a lid. Keep the garbage bin in a brightly lit and less humid place.
- Make sure that the house is well-ventilated.
Hire a reputed pest control company for effective survey and control of oriental cockroaches. Remember that only professional service providers, like us, can help control these stubborn cockroaches.