Oriental Cockroaches

The water-loving Oriental cockroach is one of Africa’s largest cockroach species. Due to its sleek, dark exterior, this bug is also called the black beetle cockroach. These water bugs prefer to take shelter in damp areas of your property.

These roaches can get into your home through gaps beneath the doors and siding and following pipes, sewers, and drains.

The shiny black to dark reddish-brown Oriental cockroach boasts an impressive size in both sexes. Males measure up to 25mm in length and sport shortened wings that do not cover their bodies’ final abdominal segments.

The female roaches are 32mm in length and don’t have wings. Instead, they have sizeable wing pads covering certain body segments. Both male and female roaches can’t fly.

A female oriental roach can lay up to 8 egg capsules, also called ootheca, in its lifetime. Each ootheca contains roughly 16 eggs organised in a vertical pattern, two by two, within the egg case.

Female roaches carry an egg capsule for up to five days before depositing it in a cosy, food-rich spot. It takes 42-81 days for the eggs to hatch into a nymph. After that, the nymphs go through seven moults before maturing into adult roaches, typically taking almost a year.

These critters can be found outdoors, in warm and shady damp areas. However, they prefer living near the ground and in spots where natural debris accumulates.

Discovering cockroaches in your house is never a pleasant experience. As the weather cools down, these pests migrate inside, seeking shelter in damp environments such as your basement, sewer pipes, and under sinks. The chances of seeing adult cockroaches increase during spring and summer when they’re most active.

Dangers to Humans

These pests thrive on garbage and decaying organic matter, making them likely to spread filth from unsanitary areas to your kitchen and other clean surfaces. You can notice them running in damp places and be sure to take preventative measures to keep your home free of these pesky critters.

Cockroaches produce unpleasant secretions that can affect the environment and taste of your food. If your property is infested with these pests, you may notice a foul odour in certain areas due to their secretions. But that’s not the only concern – cockroaches can carry disease-producing organisms like bacteria and viruses, which can lead to illnesses like food poisoning and dysentery if they contaminate your food. And if you suffer from allergies, watch out – cockroach excrement and cast skins contain allergens that may trigger allergic reactions.

Signs of Infestation

Beware of oriental cockroaches on your property. Keep an eye out for these three signs to confirm infestation:

  • Sightings: You’re likely to spot them near drains and sewers at night, and in dark, damp areas during the day.
  • Egg Capsules: Check for egg cases roughly 8-10mm long in hidden places around your home.
  • Odour: If you detect a musty smell in your house, it could be due to oriental roaches, as they produce chemicals that create this unpleasant scent.

You can contact the experts of Tom’s Pest Control for same-day inspection and customised treatment service.

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Getting rid of oriental roaches alone can be challenging because the cockroaches know the skill of hiding safely when they sense danger and can reproduce rapidly.

Tom’s Pest Control has expertise in removing these bugs for any property. Our certified experts will create a personalised treatment plan and skillfully execute the necessary methods to achieve the desired outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What brings Oriental roaches indoors?

These water bugs thrive in moist, dimly lit spaces – making leaky pipes and damp outdoor plants the perfect breeding ground. Furthermore, these cockroaches can make their way indoors through sewers and drains. Thus, it’s crucial to take preventative measures to keep them out.

How serious are Oriental cockroaches?

You can notice black roaches lurking in sink drains, garbage disposals, and bathroom voids. These roaches can spread harmful bacteria to your kitchen goods and countertops while searching for food. Their odorous secretions can also contaminate your food, altering its smell and taste. Keep your family safe by understanding the risks of these pesky insects.

Do Oriental cockroaches bite?

While they mostly avoid biting, they can become more aggressive when their food resources are scarce due to infestations. These roaches can survive without food for up to a month and without water for less than two weeks. Therefore, although their bites may be small and painless, it’s important to take steps to prevent infestations.