Black Cockroach – Orientalis Сockroach

Black Cockroach – Orientalis Сockroach

The black cockroach (Blatta orientalis) is, together with the Germanic Blattella and the American Blatta, the most common type of cockroach in Italy. It is the species that commonly haunts homes and that contaminates everything with its faeces and smelly saliva. A vehicle of numerous diseases, the Oriental Cockroach must be eliminated as soon as possible with insecticides, professional pest control and, above all, with the most scrupulous cleaning of the house.

Black Cockroach Disinfestation

The black cockroach owes its name “orientalis” to its place of origin: Russia. It has been a cosmopolitan insect since time immemorial, adapted to cohabitation with humans, which mainly infests sewers and can make its way into our homes through sewer pipes.

The habitat of this insect is in fact represented by human dwellings, preferably if they are heated, and it prefers the lower floors and humid environments protected from light.

It loves the heat, even if it tolerates better the cold environments of the other species of the order Blattoidei, and becomes more visible in spring and summer. Preferably visit the kitchen, the bathroom and the rooms near the ovens and boilers.

Synonymous with filth and filth, it abounds in cellars, under stairs, old and poorly hygienic houses, storerooms, garbage collection rooms, counter rooms and is particularly numerous in damp places and in food stores or among the garbage, where it finds abundant nourishment, consisting of both various food substances and waste of all kinds.

A massive infestation of Blatta Orientale often describes a condition of degradation and lack of hygiene.

How To Notice A Black Cockroach Infestation?

We can easily notice the presence of the black cockroach simply by turning on the light at night: being an insect that doesn’t like light and that only comes out in the dark, it will flee frantically in search of any ravine in which to take shelter.

Other signs of cockroach infestation are: the bad smell reminiscent of moldy citrus fruits, the presence of ootecas, change of skin and feces (which are similar to coffee powder) on vertical surfaces, damage to food and materials such as paper, cardboard and plastic.

The rooms to be checked first are the kitchen and the bathroom, since it is known that the Blatta orientalis prefers the presence of water and food.

You have to look under the sink and the kitchen, behind heat-producing appliances such as the refrigerator and the oven, inside the coffee machine or the microwave, in every corner and in cracks in the walls.

It is very important to identify any holes and joints through which cockroaches can enter the house, although they often enter through sewer ducts and ventilation outlets.

Not recognising a cockroach infestation can have very serious consequences as they are insects that multiply very rapidly, spreading through all the adjoining rooms through the structural cavities of buildings, such as plumbing, electrical ducts and air conditioning systems.

How to Eliminate the Black Cockroach Definitively?

In order to eradicate the black cockroach, it is first of all necessary to take preventive measures that consist of cleaning the house thoroughly and withdrawing their livelihood (water and food) by removing organic residues, washing dishes and dishes immediately after use, eliminating water in buckets and placing the waste in the appropriate containers.

In addition, it is absolutely necessary to locate the access points of the insects, seal with putty or silicone any cracks or crevices in the walls near sinks, sanitary ware and electrical cables, and close, during the night, the drains of sinks and tubs with plugs.

Cockroaches often make their way into homes through the packaging materials, where cockroaches lay in the ootecas, so it is necessary to quickly get rid of the packaging.

In case of infestation, it is necessary to intervene with adhesive traps for cockroaches activated by a food or pheromonic attractant or by spreading in places frequented by the annoying insect insecticides based on synthetic pyrethroids. The “do-it-yourself” remedies, however, can only be used when the number of cockroaches is limited both because of the poor effectiveness of most of the repellent products on the market and because it is difficult to reach deep into the cavities where the insects take refuge.

When the infestation is at an advanced stage, all that remains is to ask for the intervention of pest control professionals who, depending on the type of cockroach and the extent of the infestation, will be able to choose the most appropriate treatment, without endangering the health of the inhabitants of the house.

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