Why American Cockroaches Are Bad For Oklahoma Homes & Businesses
June 6, 2018
If you have ever seen a cockroach scuttering across the floor or counter, the last thing on your mind is what kind of cockroach it is. You just want it gone or as far away from you as possible. Whether you are a home or business owner in Oklahoma, just one cockroach sighting can set everyone on edge. The most common cockroaches in this area are American cockroaches, German cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches. They have many similarities, but there are also some distinct differences between them.
Let’s take a closer look at American cockroaches. They are the largest variety that frequently invades homes and businesses in the United States. Some people call them water bugs or palmetto bugs, and although their name suggests that they are native to America, research suggests that they came here aboard ships in the early 1600s from Africa. Presently, American cockroaches can be found worldwide.
Typically, American cockroaches are dark reddish-brown with a yellowish figure eight on the back of their head. They range from 1” - 3” in length, are oval- shaped and have six legs and 2 antennae. The males and females both have wings but don’t usually fly around. They can bite, but rarely do so; a cockroach bite isn’t particularly dangerous unless it becomes infected.
American cockroaches are harmful to Oklahoma homes and businesses and are considered dangerous to people’s health. At any time, a cockroach could be traveling through dirty drains, animal feces, garbage piles, and even the sewer. Then they come into your home or business carrying all of the germs and parasites on their feet, bodies, and in their feces. If a person’s hands or food comes into contact with the contaminated surfaces that the roach has walked across, they may develop a variety of health problems including diarrhea, dysentery, or other more serious conditions. An additional danger is that cockroaches’ dried feces and shed exoskeletons can cause asthma attacks, especially in children and the elderly.
Montgomery Exterminating offers several residential and commercial pest control solutions to help keep these dangerous pests away from your property. Give us a call to learn more about the pest control solutions available to residents in Tulsa and Grand Lakes Region of Oklahoma.