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Oriental Cockroach

Shiny Black
25-32 mm long
Very Not
SCHEDULE MY INSPECTION Oriental cockroaches range from a shiny black color to dark red brown. The adult males are about 25 mm and have wings. The adult females are a few mm longer and have no wings. Although the male does have wings, they are not able to fly. These pests usually get into homes through cracks, pipes or straight through your door. Oriental cockroaches love finding their way in garbage, sewers or any other filth, especially if it is decaying. They are also known to be very fond of water, and can't live for more than two weeks without it. When it comes to food, they can survive for over a month without it. These specific roaches are also known to be the reason for many food-borne pathogens such as E.coli and salmonella. When they crawl through sewage or other dirty areas, their legs and bodies become contaminated with germs and when they make their way to clean surfaces or food, they contaminate it.

Signs of Infestation:

If the weather is heating up and you start seeing more oriental roaches than normal in moist areas, chances are you have an infestation. When outdoors, these roaches hang out in gutters, flower beds, and storm drains. Indoors, they stay in areas that are dark, quiet, and moist. If you have an infestation, you will also notice egg cases in these dark areas that are dark brown or reddish in color. Each capsule holds about 16 eggs and are about 8-10 mm long. Along with the dozens of roaches and egg capsules, there will be a smell that comes with it. Oriental roaches release chemicals that have a musty odor which is used to communicate with the rest of their clan.

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