Are Oriental Cockroaches using your home as an incubator…like right now?
Cockroaches are among the most common insects with fossil evidence that indicate they have been on earth for over 300 million years. They are one of the most successful groups of animals/insects because of their adaptability to their environment, including living with humans. Roughly 3,500 species of cockroaches exist worldwide and 55 species found here in the U.S.
Oriental Cockroaches are commonly referred to as water bugs for their preference of dark, damp and cool environments. Oriental Cockroaches are a bit more sluggish than other species of cockroach and are of concern because of their thriving on filth. While females do have small, functionless wings, Oriental Cockroaches do not fly.
How To Identify Oriental Cockroaches
How do you know if your home or workplace has a cockroach problem? Signs of cockroaches are the identification of their oothecae (egg cases). They are blackish-brown and are typically 0.39-0.47 inches long. These egg cases can house 16-18 eggs. The oothecae are formed a day after mating and deposited a day or two (but up to 7) after forming. The oothecae begin as a yellow-white color, change to reddish-brown and finally blackish-brown.
Female Oriental Cockroaches lay an abundance of eggs in the Wintertime, which start hatching in the early Spring. Look for the oothecae in cool, damp and dark sheltered areas such as under porches, sewer drains, under sinks, washing machines, crawl spaces, dark basements and floor drains. They can also be found outdoors under leaves, mulch, water valves, flower beds, stone walls, trash cans and foundations.
In temperatures below 32 °F, the eggs will lose viability. The eggs will hatch on their own after about 42 days at 85+ °F and 81 days at 70 °F.
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What To Do
Oriental Cockroaches can be more difficult to get rid of than other species of cockroaches. Since these roaches like to be where it is dark, wet and cold, our technicians will be doing a preventative treatment plan inside garages, in addition to the perimeter of your home, for those customers who have previously indicated having Oriental Cockroach problems during the months of March and April. If you would like to make sure you are on our list, please call prior to your Maintenance Service day so your technician will have all the necessary supplies with him, and have your garage accessible on your service day.
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Facts About The Oriental Cockroach
• Size: 2.5 to 3cm
• Habitat: 68 °F to 84 °F
• Nymphal Development Time: 6 to 12 months
• Life Span: 1 to 1.5 years
• Able to Fly: No.
The oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis), also known as the waterbug, is a large species of cockroach, adult males being 0.71–1.14 inches and adult females being 0.79–1.06 inches. It is dark brown to black in color and has a glossy body. The female Oriental cockroach has a somewhat different appearance from the male, appearing to be wingless at casual glance but has two very short and useless wings just below her head. She has a wider body than the male. The male has long wings, which cover two thirds of the abdomen and are brown in color, and has a narrower body. The odd male is capable of very short flights, ranging about 2 to 3 meters. The female oriental cockroach looks somewhat similar to the Florida woods cockroach, and may be mistaken for it. Originally endemic to the Crimean Peninsula and the region around the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, its distribution is now cosmopolitan.