Do Roaches Live in Ovens?

Cockroach laying on kitchen floor

Cockroaches are commonly found in warm, moist environments like your basement. Then, they explore your house through drains and pipes. If you leave food out on the counter or dirty dishes piled in the sink, you could be setting yourself up as host of a big cockroach party that extends well beyond the normal places to discover the disease-ridden creatures. Some people are very surprised to find an infestation in their ovens.

Isn’t That a Myth?

Many people believe it’s just a myth that cockroaches will take over an oven. It is not. Cockroaches can and will inhabit your oven. Cockroaches carry E. coli, salmonella, and other sorted diseases. For most of us, it is truly horrifying to find our beloved baking appliance full of cockroaches.

Why the Oven?

As discussed earlier, cockroaches like warm, dark places. They also like food. The oven checks off most of the boxes on their real estate wish lists. Ovens usually hold food crumbs, warmth, darkness, and even some condensation.

Et tu, Microwave?

Yes, cockroaches will also infest your microwave oven. Insects are known to survive microwaves due to the dead zones created by the radiation. A microwave only heats up certain parts of the interior of the appliance. Insects instinctively avoid the hot zones. Additionally, cockroaches have very few water molecules in their bodies. Since microwaves vibrate water molecules, causing them to heat up, cockroaches can take up a permanent residence in microwave ovens. Cockroaches can be found in the LED time display of your microwave or you may simply see them walking around in the interior of the microwave.

Why Are Roaches in the Oven Such a Big Deal?

Cockroaches carry over 30 types of bacteria and spread six parasites. They can contaminate your food and your oven. They can stir up or exacerbate allergies, especially in children. They can contaminate food and cookware stored below the oven and can give you food poisoning or something even worse.

How do I Evict Them?

Act now. Improper care can create a toxic environment in your oven, leaving it unsafe to cook any food. Contact Venice Pest Control so they can assess your infestation and help you take proper steps to rid your residence of the vile insects.

Call Professional Cockroach Exterminators

Living with cockroaches exposes occupants of a home to dangerous diseases. Infestations can cause serious health problems, and people who have asthma or allergies suffer when cockroaches are present. Cockroach infestations can even cause asthma to develop in young children. Venice Pest Control is experienced in providing high-quality cockroach control services for customers throughout Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.

Cockroach Species in Florida

American cockroaches are large and brown or red in color. These insects secrete a liquid when feeding, and it is possible for humans to accidentally ingest this secretion when cockroach activity goes undetected. American cockroaches are mostly found in moist shady areas outdoors, but will wander indoors for food and water. They often enter structures by flying or crawling via plumbing, sewers, or by trees and shrubs located next to buildings or branches overhanging onto roofs.

The American cockroach, often called water bug or palmetto bug, is the largest type of cockroach in Florida. The insect is known to secrete a foul-smelling liquid when disturbed.

German cockroaches are known to carry organisms throughout a building that can cause illness in humans. Allergic reactions are common when infestations are present, and German cockroaches can even cause damage to fabrics and books when feeding on these items. There have been reports of people being bitten by German cockroaches.

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