Are Cockroaches More Than the Stuff of Nightmares for Homeowners?

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Even hearing the word “cockroach,” most people will wrinkle their nose in disgust. Find one scurrying when you turn on the lights in the middle of the night elicits a reaction that one would expect from a horror movie. Homeowners tend to assume that only those that live in dirty homes will have a problem with cockroaches. While a clean home is definitely an excellent start, regular pest control is a must to keep these pests at bay.

Cockroaches—The Facts

There are about 55 species of cockroaches that live in the United States (out of about 3,500 worldwide.) Not all species tend towards inhabiting your home. Wood cockroaches, for instance, are like the name suggests. As the name suggests, wood roaches usually are found around wood piles such as firewood. They generally live indoors nor reproduce. Unlike their counterparts, they are not light sensitive. Although you may find one of these icky creatures after bringing in firewood, or occasionally they will come in through an open door or window, they rarely stick around long.

The species that live in your home, on the other hand, is another matter entirely. Not only do they forage for food and water, but they also prefer living in warm, moist areas of your home. Finding one cockroach in your house is cause for concern as there is rarely just one.

How does one cockroach become an infestation?

A cockroach does not reproduce by laying a simple egg; rather, they lay egg cases called oothecae. Within these cases contain not one, but dozens of baby cockroaches. What’s worse is that cockroaches are one of the few species that are parthenogenic, meaning females do not require males to reproduce. Thus, having one female cockroach in your home can lead to an infestation. And cockroaches are one of the hardier bugs. Many believe this is one of the few living creatures that may survive a nuclear holocaust. They can survive without eating for 3 months, and they tend to be able to swim. While killing a single cockroach with a home ready—or even several—curing your home of an infestation is much more difficult. I remember a commercial years ago that showed a “roach motel” where roaches moved in but didn’t move out. While I haven’t seen that commercial in years, getting rid of cockroaches is rarely this easy.

How do you prevent a cockroach infestation?

As most believe, keeping a clean home is a crucial step in preventing this creepy crawlies from taking up residence in your home. Wiping down counters and dusting and mopping on a routine basis helps. However, cleaning alone does not prevent these insects from taking up residence in your home. A regular pest control program is essential, especially in apartments, where spraying in one apartment can send these insects into a neighboring one. Organic pest control is preferred, especially since cockroaches tend to take up residence near food.

Do cockroaches cause illness in humans?

The answer to this is an unqualified and resounding yes! While individuals with allergies and asthma are the most vulnerable population, these bugs are known to carry several pathogens such as salmonella and E. Coli, making food poisoning likely. Additionally, they are known to carry other bacteria such as typhus, shigella, and dysentery. Cockroaches rarely bite humans, but their spiny legs do scratch and can cause an allergic reaction in that manner, too.

Conclusion—Get rid of roaches, and fast.

Roaches are more than a mere nuisance, and finding one indicates there are likely more, often many more. Aside from keeping a clean home, having a routine organic pest control routine, such as the services offered by Bug You Not Pest Control helps keep your home happy and healthy. Call 972-835-4296 to prevent and rid your home of these unhealthy bugs today.

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