If you’re a Houston area property owner and you’ve come across cockroaches at some point or another, there’s a good chance they were Oriental Cockroaches. That’s because Oriental cockroaches are some of the most common invasive cockroaches in the area. Unfortunately, they aren’t just common; they’re dangerous, too.
As such, it’s important to know some helpful preventative steps that you can take to help keep these unwanted pests out. Additionally, you should know the effective cockroach control solutions that you can rely upon should your Houston property become infested with these dangerous cockroaches.
Identifying Oriental Cockroaches
Despite their name, Oriental cockroaches are thought to be of African origin. They have shiny black bodies and can grow up to an inch long. While the males have underdeveloped wings, the females haven’t any wings at all. As a result, neither can fly. Instead, they lurk in areas that are damp, moist, or close to water. Because of this, Oriental cockroaches are sometimes referred to as waterbugs.
While Oriental cockroaches are commonly found outside living in leaf piles, woodpiles, or under rocks and debris, they will come into homes and businesses by sneaking under doors, through cracks in the exterior or foundation, or they might come up pipes or drains. Once inside, they tend to make their homes in areas that moist or close to water sources such as basements and crawlspaces. Additionally, you may find Oriental cockroaches around toilets and sinks.
Dangers Presented By Oriental Cockroach Infestations
Other locations that Oriental cockroaches like to live include contaminated areas such as sewers and drainpipes. While in these locations, they will pick up various harmful bacteria and human pathogens with their spine-covered legs. Then when they enter our homes, they spread those dangerous contaminants to the various surfaces that they touch such as counter tops.
Diseases that Oriental cockroaches have been known to spread include salmonellosis, typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, plague, and listeriosis. Additionally, Oriental cockroaches can induce asthma and allergic reactions in at-risk people, particularly the elderly and small children.
Oriental Cockroach Prevention Tips
As Oriental cockroaches typically enter structures due to the availability of water or food, cutting down on these attractors goes a long way preventing them from coming inside. Additionally, sealing off any entry points can also help to keep them out. To achieve this, you should:
- Store all food in air-tight containers or the fridge.
- Wipe up any spills from floors and countertops immediately.
- Take out the trash regularly and store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids.
- Fix any leaking pipes or fixtures that could lead to flooding or water buildup.
- Install dehumidifiers to lower humidity levels throughout the property.
- Seal any cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Fill in any holes around your home’s exterior.
- Install door sweeps under all exterior doors.
- Inspect firewood, cardboard boxes, and similar materials for cockroaches.
If you can accomplish these steps, you should be able to lower your exposure to dangerous Oriental cockroaches.
Effective Oriental Cockroach Control Solutions
While you should take all the necessary preventative steps at your disposal, there’s still a chance you could end up having to deal with an Oriental cockroach infestation on your property. If such is the case, contact the professionals here at GreenForce Pest Solutions right away.
We offer a variety of both residential and commercial pest control plans that include initial inspections, treatments of problem areas, and follow up inspections to be sure your property is and remains pest-free. Don’t let Oriental cockroaches overrun your property. Give us a call today.