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West Palm Beach's Complete Guide To The Oriental Cockroach

March 15, 2022 - Cockroaches

Several cockroaches can get into West Palm Beach homes. One of the many mistakes residents make concerning cockroaches is not correctly identifying the cockroach pest they're dealing with. While there are many similarities between cockroach species, the differences can be significant. Today we're talking about oriental cockroaches, how you can correctly identify them, and how they are different from other cockroach pests.

What Does An Oriental Cockroach Look Like?

Oriental cockroaches are often called black beetle cockroaches. This name gives much insight into what this species of cockroaches looks like. If you see an insect that looks like an oval-shaped, shiny, black beetle, you may be looking at an oriental cockroach. Its black coloration, shiny skin, and spikey legs make this roach easy to identify. It is also one of the largest cockroaches that gets into West Palm Beach homes. An adult Oriental cockroach will be around an inch in length.

How Do Oriental Cockroaches Differ From Other Cockroaches?

These cockroaches go by another name that can help you understand their role as a pest. In many areas, it is called a waterbug. This is because oriental cockroaches prefer to live near water and in areas of moisture. How does this affect it as a pest?

  • These roaches prefer to be outside. If you see an oriental cockroach inside your West Palm Beach home, it may not stay inside.
  • If these roaches can find a damp place inside your home, they will have an incentive to stay. When you keep seeing oriental cockroaches inside, it usually means you have a moisture problem.
  • Unfavorable conditions outside, such as extended drought, can drive these cockroaches inside.

Of all the cockroaches that will get into your home, the oriental cockroach is one of the stinkiest. When residents reach out to us, they often mention the smell. This smell is the pheromone scent of these cockroaches. They emit this scent to communicate with each other.

Seeing cockroach activity around downspout drainage, damp landscaping, sewer and storm drains, compost piles, and exterior garbage cans can indicate an infestation. This is a pest problem that should be checked out immediately. These roaches are incredibly filthy.

What Diseases Are Spread By Oriental Cockroaches?

This is one of the worst disease-spreading cockroaches in our area. They have a strong attraction to filth, rubbish, and rotting organic matter. When they get into a home, even for a brief period of time, they can spread harmful bacteria, parasitic worms, and human pathogens. Some common illnesses associated with oriental cockroaches are food poisoning, dysentery, and diarrhea.

Do Oriental Cockroaches Bite?

Yes. They are capable of biting. Fortunately, they don't prefer to bite people. This is because they have a preference for decaying tissue. They are more comfortable feeding on carrion than living animals.

How Do I Control Oriental Cockroaches?

You may be able to get this cockroach species to leave your home. Some residents have success with sanitation and humidity control.

Sanitation — When you deep clean, oriental cockroaches take notice. They feed on rotting things. If there are no rotting things for them to feed on in your home, they may decide to go to another home.

Humidity Control — Since these roaches prefer water and high humidity, a home that does not have either can be resistant to infestation. Make sure your plumbing is in good working order, seal any holes in your exterior and consider putting dehumidifiers in areas of your home that are high in humidity.

Year-Round Cockroach Control With Gulfstream Termite & Environmental Services

If you continue to have problems with these or any other cockroaches, reach out to the home pest control pros Gulfstream Termite & Environmental Services. We know what is required to track them down and eliminate them. Reach out to us for immediate assistance.