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Frequently Asked Questions About Oriental Cockroaches In Orange County, CA

November 05, 2021 - Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches (blatta orientalis) are considered one of the dirtiest species of cockroach. Unfortunately, they’re also a problem for many home and property owners in Orange County, and they’re also one of the most common household pests across the United States.

All cockroaches gravitate to foul sources of food, which exposes them to harmful bacteria. However, Oriental cockroaches, which prefer cooler temperatures than other species, travel through sewage and drainpipes, exposing them to even more microbials.

When these cockroaches enter homes, they bring any bacteria they unknowingly picked up along the way, which can be transmitted to humans and pets as they contaminate food and surfaces. Read more to identify Oriental cockroaches, more about why they’re dangerous, and prevention tips.

How Can I Identify Oriental Cockroaches?

Oriental cockroaches are one-inch long with shiny, oval-shaped, dark-colored bodies that may be brown, mahogany, or black. Female Oriental cockroaches tend to be larger than males, with bodies that are both longer and wider, while males can be identified by their wings, which cover three-quarters of their bodies. Despite having wings, these insects can’t fly, and they move slower than other cockroach species.

These cockroaches gravitate to damp, high-humid areas but cooler areas where decaying organic materials are present, such as plants and leaves. In nature, Oriental cockroaches feed on this matter. They are in low-to-the-ground areas such as basements, crawlspaces, porches, and around floor drains, sewers, sinks, and underneath sidewalks. The ideal temperature range for these roaches is between 68- and 84-degrees Fahrenheit.

Why Are Oriental Cockroaches So Dangerous?

Compared to other cockroach species, Oriental cockroaches are among the dirtiest and the most dangerous. Not all cockroaches travel through sewage or drainage pipes—in addition to feeding on foul sources of food. These have a higher likelihood of transmitting sickness and disease-causing bacteria. Among the bacteria that Oriental cockroaches are known to spread include dysentery, salmonella, E. coli, food poisoning, and diarrhea.

Why Can’t I Remove Oriental Cockroaches On My Own?

Oriental cockroaches can be challenging for homeowners to rid of on their own because they reproduce at a high rate. Females live for an average of 180 days; males live for about 160 days and produce around 128 offspring each. 

Oriental cockroaches, like other cockroach species, are also highly adaptable, and they’ll adjust accordingly to survive in different living conditions. They can survive for up to one month without food and two weeks without water, and they can survive on food debris alone.

Tips On Preventing Oriental Cockroaches In Your Home

The most effective way to entirely rid your home and property of Oriental cockroaches is with help from skilled pest control professionals. However, these two preemptive measures will make your home less appealing to these pests.

  • Seal All Entry Points: Oriental cockroaches enter homes from the ground. Seal all holes, cracks, and crevices in the foundation with caulking, and add screens to windows and exterior-facing doors, conducting repairs as necessary. Add door sweeps to exterior-facing and garage doors to prevent them from crawling underneath, especially if there’s any damage.
  • Fix Leaky Plumbing: Because Oriental cockroaches are attracted to high-moisture areas, and because cockroaches, in general, need a high level of water to survive, making repairs to leaky pipes, sinks, drains, and other plumbing will help dissuade them.

Black Diamond Pest Control’s skilled professionals perform year-round extermination and management services for homeowners experiencing an infestation, whether involving Oriental cockroaches or other cockroach species and common household pests in Orange County, CA.

We offer a range of full-service home pest control options, including the monthly, exterior, and total property protection options. Don’t hesitate - call Black Diamond Pest Control today. We also offer commercial pest control in Orange County.