I Found an Oriental Cockroach in My Mount Olive, NJ House. Are These Roaches Harmful?

Oriental Cockroaches (Blatta orientalis) are often referred to as the waterbug, shade roach, or black beetle cockroach and are well known for their strong odor. Despite their name, Oriental cockroaches are believed to be of North African origin and are a pest invader that most often gains entry to structures through open doors, windows, and sometimes by following pipes and utility lines into homes and businesses. Oriental cockroach populations thrive in many of the major cities located throughout the world including the ports of England, Europe, Israel, Australia, and South America.

What Do Oriental Cockroaches Look Like?

The appearance of the oriental cockroach differs greatly in appearance between sexes. The male is smaller than the female reaching a length of an inch with three quarter length wings that are incapable of flight. The female on the other hand can reach a length of an inch and a quarter and lacks wings but instead has large wing pads that are also incapable of flight.

Where Are Oriental Cockroaches Found?

The oriental cockroach is most often found outside living beneath leaf litter, mulch, stones and other outdoor debris. In urban areas, oriental cockroaches can be found living in sewers and storm drains and are well known for their habits of feeding on garbage and other decaying materials. Although roaches can survive up to a month without food, they can only survive for short periods of time without water. The average lifespan of an adult male is between 110 to 160 days with the females living between 35 to 180 days.

Signs of an Oriental Cockroach Infestation

During the summer months, oriental cockroaches can be found in and around landscaping beds, moist gutters, storm drains, and sewers. They are mostly active during the late evening, preferring areas that are dark and undisturbed. Other signs of an Oriental cockroach infestation include egg cases which appear reddish brown in color and the presence of feces which appears slightly blunt on one end. A strong odor can often be detected in areas that are heavily infested with oriental cockroaches.

Oriental Cockroaches Spread Disease

The Oriental cockroach is known to spread an array of pathogens including E.coli, Salmonella and many others including parasites and viruses. The pathogens are often spread on the body and legs of the cockroach from contaminated areas to areas in the home including cutting boards, countertops, and many other surfaces. The fecal matter and skin casts of the Oriental cockroach are known to cause asthma and many other forms of respiratory distress, watery eyes, and skin rashes. They can also cause dysentery, and food poisoning.

Oriental Cockroach Control

If you find evidence of a cockroach infestation contact your Merlin’s Pest Control expert for professional cockroach identification, prevention and removal. Some important things that you can do at home is practice good standards of hygiene along with vacuuming your entire home regularly, and sealing entrances into the structure such as utility pipes to prevent the buildup of moisture and entry of cockroaches into your premises. To learn more about cockroach identification, removal, control and prevention for your Northern New Jersey, home or business, contact the knowledgeable experts at Merlin’s Pest Control today.

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