No matter the species, cockroaches in general, are a pest that most Pennsylvania homeowners don’t want hanging around in their homes! The American cockroach, the German cockroach, and the Oriental cockroach are three cockroach species that are commonly found in our area. For those of you who are looking to learn more about Oriental cockroaches, you’ve come to the right place!
Oriental cockroaches are a larger species of cockroach and are very dark colored, usually black or dark brown, with a shiny coating; these roaches may remind you of a black beetle because of their smooth, dark oval-shaped bodies. Oriental cockroaches look different than their American and German cousins, which are more of a dark brown or red color and lack the shiny coating. These roaches also differ when it comes to the kind of environment they prefer to dwell in. They prefer moist, temperate climates, but are not as averse to colder temperatures as their cousins. Oriental roaches are most commonly found living in sewers, and other wet environments that harbor decaying matter that they can feed on. When living on our properties, these pests can often be found living in piles of leaves, firewood, and other debris. Once inside our homes, however, these pests tend to target basements and crawl spaces. You may even see them crawling out of your drains!
Does the thought of seeing a cockroach come out of your drain make you feel nervous and scared? Well, you have good reason to feel that way! Since Oriental cockroaches live in such repulsive places and feed on the filth they live in, they pick up and carry various types of disease-carrying bacteria, parasitic worms, and human pathogens that they can then spread throughout your home and contaminate your food sources with. These bacteria and pathogens can make anyone living inside the home very sick.
If you’ve seen any of these pests in or around your home, don’t fret! There are some quick prevention tips you can try to help stop the infestation from becoming any worse. First, you’ll want to sanitize and maintain the cleanliness of your home by picking up food debris, vacuuming frequently, and investing in proper garbage storage such as a trash can with a tight-fitting lid. Next, you should seal any cracks or holes in the foundation and exterior of your home to eliminate the entry points these pests can use to gain entry to your home. While these strategies can help, it’s extremely important that you contact your local professional pest control company when dealing with a cockroach infestation of any size. At Witt Pest Management, we will develop a pest control solution upon visiting your home. After accurately identifying the species of cockroach invading your home, our professionals will use a combination of surveillance, baiting, and active exclusion methods to take get rid of your cockroach problems once and for all! For help eliminating these annoying and filthy pests, contact Witt Pest Management today!