Streator Homeowners' Comprehensive Guide To Oriental Cockroaches

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It can be disturbing when Oriental cockroaches infest a home because these are exceptionally dirty insects, even for a cockroach. Today, we're going to look at why this is the case, and discuss what you need to know most about them.

Identification Of Oriental Cockroaches

Appearance — An Oriental cockroach is nearly black in color. Females have rudimentary wing pads. Males have wings but do not appear to be able to fly. Females have a much more armored look to them because the wings of the male cover a good portion of its abdomen. Both will have a greasy sheen to their exoskeleton. They are oval insects with six, spiny legs, and two antennae.

Behavior — You may be able to tell these cockroaches from other roaches by the way they move. Most cockroaches can move surprisingly quick. Oriental cockroaches are sluggish and slow to move. This is partly due to their temperament. They aren't nearly as quick to flee from humans as other cockroaches can be.

What You Can Expect From Oriental Cockroaches

These insects are often called water bugs because they are strongly attracted to locations that are damp or have a water source. When this trait is combined with their ability to feed on human waste, it becomes evident why it is not good to ever have these roaches in your Streator home. They live, feed, and reproduce in sewer systems. If they go from a sewer system to your home, everyone in your home will be at risk of illness.

Like other cockroaches, an Oriental cockroach can hold its breath for more than 40 minutes. This makes it possible for these roaches to enter homes through unprotected plumbing. Keep this in mind when attempting to locate the source of an Oriental cockroach infestation.

Their desire to be near a water source might make your home unsuitable for habitation. You can assist this by adding dehumidifiers and fans to dry humid rooms and removing dampness.

Locations You May Find Oriental Cockroaches Inside

  • Under or around trash cans
  • In a wet cellar
  • In a damp basement
  • In floor drains
  • In locations where rainwater is entering the structure
  • Around plumbing leaks

Locations You May Find Oriental Cockroaches Outside

  • In voids under exterior structures, such as decks, porches, and stairs
  • In the crawl space under a home
  • In a well or cistern
  • In a septic drain field
  • Under and inside trash cans or dumpsters
  • In damp ground under obstructed gutters or in densely shaded landscaping

What To Do About Oriental Cockroaches

There are many tips available for cockroach management but, once Oriental cockroaches get into your home or start to infest locations on your property, it is best to have a licensed and experienced pest management professional deal with this problem. Cockroaches are known to spread at least thirty three kinds of harmful bacteria, at least seven forms of human pathogens, and six parasitic worms. Recent studies have also shown that cockroach infestations in homes lead to an increased number of visits to the hospital for asthma-related symptoms. Being one of the worst cockroaches that get into Streator homes, you don't want to trust the control of these filthy insects to DIY pest control.

How Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators Can Help

We don't just offer treatments for cockroaches. Our team uses the latest advancements in pest control and a process of eco-friendly pest management to get complete, and long-lasting, control of these pests. We leverage nearly a century of experience and ongoing education and certification to provide the highest level of service to our Illinois customers. When you see Oriental cockroaches, or long before, connect with us. It's easy to take the first step. We offer a free pest inspection to get you started. Once your inspection is complete, you'll have a clear picture of what you're up against. And don't worry; we're not looking to pressure you or sell you on a bunch of products and services. It is our goal to arm you with the information you need to protect your family from the harmful impact of disease-spreading pests, like Oriental cockroaches. Reach out to us today. We're standing by to help. 

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