Cockroaches are rather common pests that invade Queen Creek homes, and the oriental cockroach is one many people haven't heard as much about. When you think about cockroaches, you probably imagine the American cockroach with its reddish color three-inch length. But, there are other species to worry about.
Oriental cockroaches are also known as water bugs or black beetles. They get these nicknames because of their beetle-like appearance and because they are pitch-black in color. They do have wings that lie flat on their backs, but they do not fly. They also have six legs and oval-shaped bodies, and they are around an inch long.
Just like all cockroaches, oriental cockroaches are dangerous to have around the home, so knowing how to prevent them can help keep your property safe.
The Dangers Of Oriental Cockroaches
While all cockroach species in the area are disgusting, one thing that marks oriental cockroaches as extra gross is that they leave behind a foul odor. But, while this is unpleasant to deal with, the real issue is the many illnesses these roaches can carry.
They are known to transmit dozens of diseases, some of which can be very serious such as dysentery, salmonella, and typhoid fever. Oriental cockroaches can also cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
These roaches are disgusting because they thrive in humid environments with access to food sources, which means they often live around garages and even sewage or toilets. They then pick up pathogens and spread them into homes.
Reducing The Risk Of Cockroach Infestations
Oriental cockroaches are attracted to homes that have humidity problems and also easy access to food sources. These roaches aren't picky and will eat even small crumbs, garbage, or pet food. Overall, the best way to deter oriental cockroaches is to reduce or eliminate the factors that attract them. Here are some of our best prevention tips:
Reduce moisture issues by using dehumidifiers and fixing leaky plumbing. Addressing excess humidity is overall the best way to reduce the likelihood of an oriental cockroach problem.
Clean up food and drink spills immediately. Then, regularly clean kitchen spaces by doing dirty dishes and washing floors.
Clear out gutters and get rid of standing water around the property.
Fill cracks and holes in your walls and the foundation with caulk or foam insulation. Be sure to check areas where plumbing or electrical wires enter the building.
Fix broken screens in doors and windows and install door sweeps and weatherstripping around the property.
How To Easily Remove Oriental Cockroaches
Do you have oriental cockroaches living in your Queen Creek home? These pests are invasive and dangerous, so it's best to let the pest control professionals at Pro Active Pest Control remove them.
Trying to eliminate roaches on your own is usually a waste of time and energy; instead, give our team a call to learn more about our cockroach control plans. You can also request a quote or book an inspection. We are happy to work with you to customize a home pest control plan that fits your pest control needs.