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Oriental Cockroaches Are Uniquely Well Suited For Thriving Within Southern Homes, And The Infestations They Establish Within Homes Are Becoming More Extensive

Several cockroach species are common household pests throughout Louisiana, including American, German, Oriental, Australian, Turkestan, Surinam, smokybrown, and brown-banded cockroaches. Many experts state that the Oriental cockroach is more capable of thriving indoors in the southern states than any other cockroach species found in the region. This may be due to the Oriental cockroaches’ ability to thrive in dry and cool indoor areas as well as moist and hot indoor areas. Historically, Oriental cockroach infestations were largely limited to basements, crawl spaces, cellars, and high-moisture areas on the ground floor of homes. However, this roach has been changing its habits in recent years, as they are now being found throughout homes, including the uppermost floors and attics. The Oriental cockroach is also the roach pest that is most frequently associated with “cockroach odors,” which are usually musty smelling and unpleasant.

Oriental cockroaches are dark brown to black and relatively large, as male and female adults are between 1 and 1 ¼ inches in length. Males and females cannot fly, and males have short wings that cover ¾ of their body, while female wings are nearly non-existent. Oriental cockroaches can typically be readily identified by their slow and sluggish movements, and they are abundant on residential lawns, making it common for one or a few specimens to wander indoors in search of food. Because of this, finding a small number of Oriental cockroaches indoors does not mean that an infestation has been established. Unlike domestic cockroach species that dwell primarily indoors, Oriental cockroaches generally prefer outdoor habitats, but they often invade homes through crawl space openings and along pipelines when outdoor conditions become unfavorable.

Pest control professionals sometimes apply an insecticide barrier around the perimeter of homes to prevent Oriental cockroach invasions. In many infestation cases, insecticide is usually applied to exterior foundation walls, especially around pillars, pipes, porches, and supports where the most common entry points are located. Several low-toxic control methods are also useful for controlling Oriental cockroaches, such as gel baits and bait stations containing boric acid and fipronil. Insecticide dusts like diatomaceous earth (DE) and silica aerogel are often used to kill Oriental cockroaches within wall voids, and DE is virtually non-toxic. Keeping outdoor vegetation well groomed, and keeping all plants and mulch a foot or more away from exterior foundation walls will make properties less attractive to Oriental cockroaches. Of course, sealing cracks, crevices and other potential entry points on exterior walls will prevent pests of all sorts from accessing interior living spaces.

Have you ever smelled a cockroach odor?

A Man Is Arrested For Leaving His Children In A Home Infested With Cockroaches, Maggots, Flies And Fleas

Most people prefer to live within a clean home, but that does not necessarily mean that clean homes are more common than dirty ones. Wanting a clean home is one thing, having the discipline and motivation to maintain a clean home is quite another. Although there are many people who struggle to prevent their homes from becoming a giant clothes hamper, most people would feel motivated to clean after discovering cockroaches, maggots and fleas in every corner of their home. Surprisingly, there does exist people who don’t seem to mind sharing their homes with the most disgusting insects that you can imagine. For example, a Florida man was recently arrested and charged with child abuse and neglect after police officers discovered the man’s child living in a home containing numerous insects of varying species.

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An anonymous tip led police officers to a filthy home that contained the filthiest insects imaginable. These insects include cockroaches, fleas, maggots and flies. The cockroaches were so abundant in the home that police officers could not glance in any direction without seeing several roaches. When police arrived at the man’s residence they found a child and a bedridden man alone in the home. Once the child’s father, Mark Cameron, arrived to the residence, he was promptly arrested for child abuse and neglect. The bedridden man turned out to be Cameron’s stepfather.

In addition to the insect presence in the home, there was no running water, which means that the child was unable to bathe. Animal control officers removed 15 cats from the premises as well as one dead one, which likely contained maggots. The floors were covered in cat feces and maggots, so the authorities had to watch their every step closely. The child’s mattress was covered in feces, urine and fleas. The boy claimed that his father beat him when he attempted to clean the home. Luckily, this man will not be leaving jail any time soon.

Have you ever encountered a home that was infested with more than one insect species?

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