The Oriental cockroach, know better too many Canadian’s as the common waterbug, is one of four major species of cockroaches that have found their way to Canada. Although they are originally indigenous to the Crimean Peninsulaand regions around the Black and Caspian Sea, the world wide spread of the Oriental cockroach makes it difficult to say for certain from where they were introduced into Canada. But they are here none the less and can be a difficult pest to eradicate from a home once they have established themselves, making pest control in Barrie a vital service to many homeowners.
What They Look Like
Although less common in Canada than their cousin the German cockroach, there is no mistaking the two. Oriental cockroaches are the larger of the two species of cockroaches (2.5 cm to 3.0 cm) and are also identifiable by their shiny, almost black colour. Oriental cockroaches also have wings as do their American counterpart although they are not nearly as easy to distinguish which aids in identify the two species which are of similar size. Also unlike its American cousin, Oriental cockroach’s wings are useless, they do not fly.
The Oriental cockroach prefers moist, dark places which is likely why they are commonly referred to as “waterbugs”. Damp leafy groundcover is a favorite of theirs as is anyplace they can find decaying organic matter. Any dark, damp, tucked away place such as a basement, sewer drain and under the porch are favorite hiding spots and breading grounds for the Oriental cockroach.
Oriental cockroaches are also far more adaptive to colder climates than other cockroaches, which is of course a reason why they are one of the predominant species of cockroaches in Canada. However they do still prefer temperatures between 20 and 29 °C which drives them to seek shelter inside the warmth of people’s homes during the cold winter months.
How to Remove Them
Pest control in Barrie can be a daunting task, especially when dealing with an Oriental cockroach infestation. Off the shelf products are often rendered ineffective as female Oriental cockroaches hatch new nymphs as often as every two months. For this reason many home owners reach out to professionals such as Mr. Pest Control. If you have been unable to tackle a cockroach infestation on your own then there is no time to waste, call us at 705-739-PEST(7378) and speak to one of our pest control professionals!