The Oriental cockroach is a species of cockroach that is commonly found in Canada. They are usually found around water, so one of the common names for this bug is “water bug.” Also known as “black beetles,” Oriental cockroaches prefer damp environments and are often found inside around floor drains or in basements, and outside in yards or around retaining walls, crawlspaces, and foundations.
What Do Oriental Cockroaches Look Like?
Adult Oriental cockroaches are dark in colour, usually dark brown or black, and shiny. Both males and females of the species have wings, with males having larger wings than females, but neither can fly. They can grow to about one and a quarter inches long. Juveniles of the species, or nymphs, are light brown to reddish black in colour. They have hard shell bodies, six legs, and two long antennae.
Are Oriental Cockroaches Harmful?
There are several health risks posed by an infestation of Oriental cockroaches. These insects do bite, although a cockroach bite isn’t normally serious if it’s cleaned and disinfected.
This type of cockroach, like most others, can easily spread illnesses. The insect often carries several types of bacteria, which can cause bacterial illnesses like salmonella and E. coli. They can also spread allergens and create airborne contaminants. Finally, Oriental cockroaches may carry parasites and microorganisms that can cause intestinal illness in humans.
What are the Signs of an Oriental Cockroach Infestation?
There are three typical signs that you may have an issue with Oriental cockroaches. The first is sightings of the insect itself, which can usually be seen in warmer weather moving in and out of storm and sewer drains, or around moist gutters. The second sign is the sight of egg cases or capsules, which are typically reddish to dark brown and around 8 to 10 mm long. Finally, there is a distinctive musty odour caused by chemicals that these roaches secret, which may indicate an infestation.
How Do You Get Rid of Oriental Cockroaches?
Reducing or eliminating moist, dark places in and around your home is a great way to prevent or get rid of Oriental cockroaches. Make sure all ground-level walls are sealed to prevent entry from outside and look for any water leaks or gathered areas of water in and around your home, such as drain traps, window wells, and garbage cans. The best way to eliminate an infestation is to contact a professional exterminator such as ASAP Pest Control.
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