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What do Oriental cockroaches look like?

Oriental cockroaches (Blatta orientalis), also known as water bugs or black beetles, are dark brown or black in color and have a shiny appearance. Females are about 1 ¼ inch long and have short wing stubs, and males of this species are approximately 1-inch long and have wings that cover less than half their abdomen. 

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Are Oriental cockroaches harmful to humans?

As is the case with American cockroaches and German cockroaches, Oriental roaches can spread bacteria and allergens that adversely affect health. They may also contaminate food sources. 

How long do Oriental cockroaches live?

The lifespan of an Oriental cockroach varies based on environment and conditions, but on average, they live for a few months to a year. 

Where are Oriental cockroaches typically found?

Oriental cockroaches are attracted to damp and dark areas. They are often found in basements, crawl spaces, drains, and other areas with high humidity. 

What do Oriental cockroaches eat?

Oriental cockroaches eat a wide variety of organic matter including food scraps, pet food, garbage, and decaying organic material. 

How do I know if I have an Oriental cockroach infestation?

Signs of an Oriental cockroach problem include:

  • Sightings of live bugs
  • Egg capsules
  • A musty odor

Why do I suddenly have Oriental cockroaches in my house?

Outside, Oriental cockroaches will nest in dark, moist areas, such as under porches and landscaping beds. If conditions become too dry, they may move indoors in search of more favorable conditions. Drains, crawlspaces, and other rooms/spaces with high humidity are ideal for these insects. 

Is it hard to get rid of Oriental cockroaches on your own?

Regardless of the species, cockroaches are not easy to exterminate from homes or businesses without the help of a pest control specialist.

How do I get rid of Oriental cockroaches?

The best way to get rid of Oriental cockroaches in Florence, Myrtle Beach, or elsewhere in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand regions of South Carolina is to call Harris Pest Control! As a locally owned and family-operated pest control company in business since 1973, you can rely on our team of highly trained and fully licensed pest control specialists to exterminate cockroaches, no matter how severe the infestation. To get started, simply reach out to schedule a free pest 
inspection and we’ll take it from there!

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