Most homeowners have had to deal with cockroaches at one point or another. Common areas that they like to inhabit are the kitchens and bathrooms. There are many types of cockroaches, including the American cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, and the oriental cockroach, but the most common cockroach in the world is the German cockroach.
Cockroaches are generally flat, oval-shaped, with 6 legs and 2 antennae. They can range from ½ of an inch to 5/8 of an inch. They prefer warm, moist environments, preferably near a food and water source. German cockroaches are the most common cockroach found in the home. In addition to food crumbs, cockroaches tend to eat glue, soap, and toothpaste.
Cockroaches are more than just a nuisance because they can also spread disease. They are known to spread at least 33 different kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms, and at least 7 other human pathogens – Yikes! They can also trigger asthma symptoms in children.
Now, the most important part – how to get rid of cockroaches if you have an infestation:
- Good sanitation is key in preventing an infestation, as cockroaches are usually in search of food sources. Keep kitchen floors and counters clean and free of leftover food particles.
- Vacuum frequently and dispose of garbage on a regular basis.
- If you notice one cockroach in your home, it is very likely that there are many more. Cockroaches can breed up to 6 generations a year, so they can spread very quickly. It is best to contact a pest professional to identify the species of cockroaches in order to properly eliminate them.
Important Facts About Cockroaches
- Cockroaches aren’t necessarily members of the animal kingdom that we like to learn about. In fact, most of us prefer to stay as far away from cockroaches as possible. But there are still some facts about cockroaches that you may not know but that you just might find a little bit interesting.
- There are more than 4000 different species of cockroaches that exist throughout the world. Luckily for us, only 25 of these species have adapted to human environments like houses and offices. That being said, lone cockroaches are extremely rare. They almost always travel and live in clans, working together to make the best decision about food and shelter. Surprisingly, cockroaches are a very social and sophisticated species of insect.
- Another interesting fact is that termites are actually a direct descendent of cockroaches. Termites are a eusocial insect, which means that only one female in their colony is allowed to mate and reproduce. Cockroaches on the other hand, belong to the egalitarian insect category. This means that any member of the clan can breed. Females drop fertilized eggs after mating, increasing the size of the clan significantly when the offspring develop.
- Cockroaches also leave a trail of feces behind them in their travels. Humans can’t detect these fecal matter trails, only other cockroaches are able to smell them. These trails are used by cockroaches to identify relationships and recognize their siblings, parents and family members. Going one step farther, it helps cockroaches avoid mating with relatives.
- Candy, meats and starches are the three favorite foods of a cockroach. However, they will also consume books, decaying food and hair. They are particularly attracted to kitchens and cluttered homes where there is a lot of potential food and places to mate. If you think you have cockroaches in your house, you should contact a professional right away.
Adam’s Pest Control can help homeowners in areas like Jupiter and Port St. Lucie get rid of cockroaches and the risks they bring into the home like disease and infections. If you spot one cockroach there are definitely more so make sure to call as soon as you spot this pest in or around your home.
Call Adam’s Pest Control if you are having issues with cockroaches so that we may provide you with a solution that works!