Cockroaches are typically seen as unwanted pests, although this isn’t entirely true. The vast majority of cockroaches we see on a daily basis do in fact invade our homes, cause a nuisance, and definitely are pests. However, certain varieties of cockroaches are essential to the environment and will actually help to recycle organic materials which are decaying or dying. With that being said, the cockroaches that we consider as pests are known to carry various diseases and can emit some pretty disgusting odors.
Some cockroaches can measure over 2 inches in length and are most often found in environments where waste food is present. This will typically be kitchens and restaurants. Cockroaches will have six legs and two antennae and certain species even have wings, thus making them even more of a nuisance, although it must be said that winged cockroaches aren’t particularly great at flying. Most cockroaches will make chirping noises of some sorts, although there are certain species which can get extremely vocal.
Facts About Cockroaches
- There are a wide variety of ways in which cockroaches may enter your home. Most typically this will be through cracks or crevices in the walls, floors or ceilings. They can also enter your home through the sewage and drainage systems and also the pipes. Cockroaches have been known to be brought in from outside on your person or in shopping bags, etc.
- Cockroaches will be particularly attracted to the home environment, as they will find warmth, food and water, and a place to nest. In fact, this is the ideal place for them to start breeding.
- You should be aware that cockroaches breed at an extremely fast rate, and if you happen to spot just one cockroach there is likely to be plenty more nearby.
- An interesting fact is that cockroaches are usually nocturnal creatures. Unfortunately, if you happen to spot a cockroach during the day this may a sign that you have an extremely severe infestation of these pests. The likelihood is that their “resting place” has been severely overcrowded and they have simply been forced out into the open before nightfall.
- As many of you may be aware, cockroaches can aggravate asthma and other types of allergies. Cockroaches will shed their skins, they leave droppings behind, and of course many die on a daily basis. Unfortunately, if you are especially prone to allergies or if you have young children in your home this can be very dangerous.
- Cockroaches are fantastic at hiding and you may even have a possible infestation without even knowing it because you haven’t actually seen a cockroach with your own eyes. Even if you purchase insecticides or other chemicals to rid yourself of a potential cockroach problem, you should know that their eggs are actually protected from these. So, even if you happen to kill a number of live cockroaches you will have done little to harm their eggs and a future onslaught of cockroaches.
This is typically why many people turn to professional services in order to rid their homes of cockroaches. You will need a certain amount of knowledge about cockroaches and various, specialized materials and equipment.
Jack Peterson is a part of the team at Floor and Pest Clean, a company based in Queensland that offers an extensive range of pest control and cleaning services. He enjoys motor sports and mountain biking in his leisure time.