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Cockroaches Facts and Information

Cockroaches can have a serious effect on your health – they may be tiny, but these pesky pests boast an array of dangerous diseases such as dysentery and typhoid fever that are known to trigger asthma attacks in children. An astonishing 14 million homes across the US report having dealt with cockroach infestations at one point or another; if you want to keep it from happening again, knowledge is key! Take charge of any potential issues by doing some research on the behavior patterns and habits of these disgusting insects so that you can better protect yourself against them in future. 

What does a Cockroaches look like? 

Cockroaches come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing they all have in common is their sleek oval-shape body. The largest of the species can reach up to a whopping six inches! Common cockroach varieties you may find around your house include American, German, Brown-Banded or even Oriental ones – each as unique as the last. 

FAQs About Cockroaches

How do I control cockroaches?

Cockroaches can wreak havoc on your home. To win the war in cockroach control, here’s what you should know: 

  • Entry: Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks and crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes. You even can even bring them in on products like grocery bags, boxes, purses and on our person! 
  • Ideal Environment: Your home is an ideal breeding ground for certain pest species of cockroaches. There is plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites, so they can remain active all year round. 
  • Reproduction: Cockroaches reproduce quickly. For every one you see there can be many, many more hiding and multiplying behind your walls. 
  • Evasiveness: Because cockroaches typically are nocturnal, if you’ve seen one, you probably haven’t seen them all. The few cockroaches you see by day could mean they were likely forced out by overcrowding; a possible sign of severe infestation. 
  • Allergies/Asthma: The debris created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings can aggravate peoples’ allergies, especially in children. 
  • Do it yourself ineffectiveness: Cockroaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them Their eggs are naturally protected from many over-the-counter insecticides. You need special equipment, materials and know-how, cockroach control can be a losing battle. 
How long does it take to get rid of cockroaches?

Dealing with a cockroach infestation in your home is no easy feat. It’s important to understand the particular species of roach and size of the infestation before tackling it – otherwise, you may be up against an uphill battle. Many DIY methods are ineffective for these resilient pests due to their versatile nature, leaving professional extermination as one of the most reliable solutions out there.