Cockroaches are not only the most common pest found in homes, apartments, and commercial buildings but also one of the hardest to get rid of. These resilient insects have adapted to live almost everywhere humans do. They are now prevalent in tropical regions where they were not native before. They thrive as strays or in small groups and can produce up to 250 offspring at a time—and that’s just one female cockroach! These nasty pests may repulse you, but cockroaches are harmless unless you happen to be an unfortunate insect like a fly or ant that gets too close for comfort. In this article, we reveal everything you need to know about these creepy crawlers…
How do cockroaches get into your home?
Cockroaches usually enter buildings through openings as small as a quarter of an inch wide. They are also great at squeezing into tiny spaces in walls, floors, and ceilings, so it’s not always easy to know where the roaches are coming from. They can also hitch rides on our food and in our belongings when we travel. Cockroaches are attracted to warmth and food, so they can often be found in kitchens and places where food is stored. If they are living in your home, they can crawl into your food, making it dangerous to eat.
Which types of cockroaches are most common?
There are about 4,000 species of cockroaches around the world, but only a few of them are common household pests. The American cockroach, Asian cockroach, and German cockroach are probably the three most common roach species. In the U.S., the American roach is one of the most common. They grow up to 2 inches long and can be either tan or dark brown in color. Asian cockroaches are also tan or light brown and grow up to 1½ inches long. German cockroaches are reddish-brown and about ½ to ¾ inches long.
Where do cockroaches live?
Cockroaches like to nest in warm, dark places. They often nest in warm, moist areas such as sewers or subways. They can also be found in places like inside the walls of homes, inside fridges, or inside cars that aren’t used often. Asian and American roaches prefer warm climates, so they are more common in the southern and southwestern U.S. German roaches are found more in the northeastern U.S.
What does a cockroach look like?
Cockroaches come in many colors and sizes. There are over 4,000 species of cockroaches, and they vary in length. The most common species found in homes are the German roach and the American roach, which grow up to ½ to ¾ inches long. Asian roaches are also around ½ to ¾ inches long, but the Australian species grows up to 2 inches long.
How to recognize a cockroach infestation?
Cockroaches are such prolific breeders that it can be hard to know when you have an infestation on your hands. Here are some signs that you have a problem with roaches: If you see cockroaches in your home, that’s a good sign that there’s an infestation. If you see baby roaches, there’s definitely a problem. If you see cockroaches during the day, that’s a bad sign. Roaches are nocturnal. If you have a bad smell in your home, that’s one sign of a roach problem.
What roach-fighting strategies work best?
Fighting cockroaches with poison is a dangerous and messy proposition. Spraying poison in your home is not only dangerous for pets and children, but it doesn’t always work to eliminate a roach problem. Cockroaches can die from many sources of poison, but that doesn’t mean they don’t live long enough to spread the poison to others. Cockroach baiting is a safer and more effective method of controlling these pests. Roach traps are designed to lure and capture roaches. You can also place traps in places where roaches like to hide like behind and under appliances.
Cockroaches are filthy, disease-carrying pests that are best avoided. Thankfully, they are relatively easy to spot, and there are lots of ways to keep them out of your home. If you’re starting to spot signs of a cockroach infestation, take action immediately. Cockroaches are hard to get rid of, but with the right combination of treatments, you can get your home back under control in no time. If you want to keep cockroaches out of your home, make sure you keep your home clean and sanitary. Keep food in containers and off the floor, vacuum frequently, and seal off any openings where these pests can crawl inside. You can also use natural remedies, like peppermint oil or clove oil, to repel these pests.