Cockroaches are hardy insects that have been around since the beginning of time. They are also a common household pest that has a knack for getting into your pantry and being quite difficult to kill. This is due to their quick reflexes that enable them to scurry away at the first sign of light or footsteps. Cockroaches are a huge pain for many homeowners, but part of the reason is because they are not aware of what cockroaches really are.
Here are some essential cockroach facts:
- Cockroaches are a collective species, meaning they travel in groups. For the homeowner, this means finding one cockroach usually indicates there are plenty more at the source, which is somewhere near your home.
- Cockroaches are nocturnal, thus their tendency to rapidly scurry under light.
- Some cockroaches also come with wings, but not all are able to fly.
- Cockroaches eat both human and pet food, both in which the leave behind a malodorous scent indicating their presence.
- Cockroaches carry tons of microbes on their body, meaning they infect the surface of wherever they go.
- Cockroaches can live up to three months without food and a month without water.
- Though cockroaches prefer warmer climates, they are effectively “cold resistant” during winters.
Other interesting cockroach facts include:
- Over 4,500 species of cockroaches exist, of which only 4 are well-known pests.
- The most common cockroach, the American cockroach, is about 1.2 inches long; it is among the largest of pest-like cockroaches.
- Cockroaches do not have many natural predators, but wasps and centipedes are useful for eradicating outdoor infestations; however, they are not recommended for indoors, as wasps and centipedes can become frustrating pests themselves.
Getting Cockroach Control
Cockroach control is easier once you have the facts. From there, you can move on to finding their weak points and trying different methods to get rid of them:
- Cockroaches infiltrate homes for one reason: for food. Storing all food in air-tight containers and sweeping the floor clean of crumbs are some of the best preventative measures against an infestation.
- Boric acid can be programmed with a delayed release so that once a cockroach consumes it, it still has time to return to the colony where it will die and infect the rest with the acid.
- There are many do-it-yourself methods that work to kill cockroaches, most of which involve drowning or flipping the cockroach, as they are unable to turn themselves over. Traps that disable cockroaches from crawling out of boxes or jars are the most effective in giving cockroaches a slow death.