Cockroaches are some of the most adaptable pests alive. These creepy insects have been around for more than 280 million years, and they have displayed some unique behaviors and survival tactics. This allows them to thrive in many different environments, including homes. Controlling cockroaches can be particularly challenging for homeowners. However, doing so is vital to protecting your family’s health.
Cockroaches are known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. These pests can also spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella. are the most likely species to infest homes in and if spotted, homeowners should call Exterminators to evaluate the severity of the problem and recommend a course of treatment.
Some of the reasons that make cockroaches so difficult to control:
Resilience: Cockroaches can live for up to a week without their heads. They can also hold their breath for 40 minutes and even survive being submerged in water for half an hour. Additionally, some species are able to withstand freezing temperatures.
Size: Cockroaches are small pests, so they can easily hide in cracks and crevices. Male cockroaches can fit through an opening as small as 1/16 inch in width or the thickness of a quarter.
Speed: Cockroaches are very fast and can run up to three miles an hour. A newborn cockroach, which is about the size of a speck of dust, runs nearly as fast as its parents.
Feeding habits: Cockroaches can survive for up to one month without food and one week without water. They are omnivores and are attracted to all types of foods, including sugars, proteins and fats.
To prevent cockroaches, the National Pest Management Association suggests keeping a meticulously clean kitchen, eliminating moisture in bathrooms, sealing all cracks and crevices inside and outside the home and keeping basements and crawlspaces dry and well-ventilated.
If you suspect a cockroach infestation, please contact us at 800-525-4825 or visit www.a1exterminators.com