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Oriental cockroaches are often wrongly called “water bugs” as they are commonly found in very moist areas, dark, and cool areas such as under sinks and washing machines, hiding in basements and even crawling out of drains. Oriental cockroaches are also often misidentified as black beetles due to the fact that both are shiny and dark in color.
Oriental cockroaches tend to have a strong musty smell and move more slowly than other species of cockroach. Outside your home, you may find Oriental cockroaches around decaying organic matter, in bushes, under groundcover, beneath mulch and piles of leaves. Oriental cockroaches are considered household pests in the Northwest, Midwest and Southern parts of the United States.
What Do Oriental Cockroaches Look Like?
Oriental cockroaches are characteristically shiny black in color. They are on the large side for cockroaches at about 1 inch in length for adults.
Adult male and female Oriental cockroaches look different from one another: adult males have a narrow body with longer wings, while adult female cockroaches have a wide body with shorter wings. Though both sexes of adult Oriental cockroaches have wings, neither can fly.
Are Oriental Cockroaches Dangerous?
Oriental cockroaches are considered dangerous due to the fact that they typically crawl through sewer drain pipes. While they are crawling through fetid garbage and feces, they are prone to picking up pathogens, bacteria and viruses on their legs and body. They are considered dangerous household pests since they bring these microorganisms and diseases into your home, possibly depositing bacteria and/or giving you or your family viruses that cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever and even parasitic worms. Oriental cockroaches can also trigger allergies and asthma attacks through the disposal of excrement and shed skin which can become airborne and cause allergic reactions.
If you think you have found Oriental cockroaches in your home, call a pest professional today. Oriental cockroach populations in the home can be very difficult to eliminate because they are excellent hiders and prolific breeders.
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