Cockroach

Cockroach Overview

It is said that cockroaches can survive a nuclear apocalypse. They breed incredibly much and fast, and they are extraordinarily resilient. They are also commonly known as roaches, water bugs, Bombay canaries, and palmetto bugs.

Appearance

Cockroaches are tan to reddish-brown or black, with special marking differentiating between species. One of these markings is a yellowish figure eight on the head. They are an oval shape. Adults range from 32-54 millimeters.

Habitat

Outside, cockroaches gravitate towards litter, drains, and sewers. They usually get in houses through drainage pipes or cracks, but humans can be accidental carriers. They most often infest large commercial buildings, and that’s where people pick them up from. When inside, they live in bathrooms, basements, and kitchens. They prefer warm, dark environments about 70-80 degrees.

Damages

Cockroaches are notoriously filthy. They have been known to spread 33 different types of diseases, including E. coli and Salmonella, six different types of parasitic worms, and more than seven other human pathogens. They pick up these diseases, worms, and pathogens on the spines of their legs and body as they crawl through the places that they dwell, which often contain fecal matter and all kinds of bacteria. They then transfer them to every surface that they walk on. The saliva, urine, and fecal matter of cockroaches contain proteins that have been known to cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks in humans. This causes them to be allergy trigger, particularly for children, who have weaker and less developed immune systems.

Control Methods

Prevention is the best option, as cockroaches are extraordinarily hard to get rid of. They can even live up to a week without their head. The two best prevention techniques are barrier exclusion and cleanliness. Plug up cracks, or holes, or vents so that they have no way to get inside. To the point of cleanliness, there is a misconception that cockroaches only infest dirty homes. This isn’t true. Cockroaches will live anywhere. However, it helps to have a cleanly home, as they have less to feed off of.

There are typically for signs of cockroach infestation. First, actually seeing them fleeing off to a hiding place. Second, they leave droppings which can look deceptively like mouse droppings. Third is the presence of eggshells, which are dark colored and eight millimeters long. Lastly, cockroaches produce a pheromone that emits a musty smell.

After proof of an infestation, call a pest control service quickly.

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