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Are Roaches Bad?

Are Roaches Bad?

Are Roaches Bad?

Posted by Clint Miller on Mar 26, 2019

They're creepy and crawly and skitter across countertops at lightning speed. They carry germs and bacteria, emit allergens, and eat holes in packages to get to food sources. But are these tough survivors all that bad? Consider these cockroach facts, the next time a cockroach scurries across your path.

  • Cockroaches have been around for over 280 million years, which shows they have impressive survival skills.
  • They can live without their head for up to a week because they breathe through portals on their body versus relying on their mouth. They die due to lack of water not a lack of having no head.
  • Cockroaches can survive for a month without food. The can also survive being submerged in water for 30 minutes.
  • The speedy insects can cover an estimated three miles in an hour.
  • Over 4,000 species of cockroaches inhabit the world.

Are Roaches Good?

The answer to the question “are roaches good” would be a resounding no. Whether a home or business has a minimal roach count or an infestation, roaches harbor germs and disease. 

The negative effects created by cockroaches are numerous. Besides the germ, disease, and allergen factors, you'll know when cockroaches have made an appearance with evidence they leave behind. This includes empty egg casings, feces, and tidbits of food they've been snacking on. Cockroaches also damage areas where they've been hiding, which can include furniture upholstery, clothing they've chewed on, droppings left in linens, and secretions atop hardbound or paperback books. 

Where do cockroaches live is easy to answer, as they are opportunists taking advantage of wherever food and water sources are easily available and accessible. These are ideal conditions for cockroaches to set up housekeeping. When they're not on the prowl for sustenance, cockroaches stay hidden in places that are warm and secure such as storage boxes, kitchen drawers, bookcases, inside cabinets, and any hard to reach dark and quiet location. Cockroaches spend about 75 percent of their time in relaxation mode, so these hiding spots are not in high-traffic areas. When rest time is over, they come out to feed.

To avoid cockroaches in your home or business begins with cockroach control. The first step is cleanliness, which means removing and eliminating sources of food such pet food bowls, dirty dishes left in the sink, used cooking accessories on the stove, garbage cans left full and without a lid, leftovers sitting on the kitchen counter, crumbs, and packaged goods such as cookies, crackers, cereal, granola bars, bread, etc. not secured in a tightly sealed container. Cockroaches can easily eat through boxes, plastic, and inner linings.

Contact Clint Miller Exterminating

When bugs invade your space, one of the first things people do is use cockroach spray and cockroach repellents to stop the infestation. These types of products handle the bug(s) you can see and quickly eliminate, but it doesn't take care of all cockroaches that may be hiding in areas throughout your home or business. 

To ensure a cockroach problem is eradicated requires the help of professional pest control services, such as those provide by Clint Miller Exterminating. Whenever a pest technician from Clint Miller Exterminating comes to your home, one of the first things that happens is determining the type of roach or roaches infesting the inside and outside areas. The technician can also point out points of entry that need to be sealed.

For indoor treatment, the technician will place gel bait in strategic locations to attract the cockroaches. For outdoor treatment, a potent spray is applied to crawlspaces, basement area, and the exterior perimeter. Once treatment is completed, if cockroaches are still present, contact the company for immediate assistance.

Topics: Cockroach Control