Fortunately, these unappealing bugs do not bite, but they do pose a number of health and safety risks through the spreading of germs and bacteria. Now, how do you get roaches? it is important to know where these pests dwell, in order to know how to keep them out of your own dwelling.
Around the world, there are more than 4,000 cockroach species and the most common is the German cockroach followed by the Brownbanded cockroach and the American cockroach.
Since these insects are cold-blooded, they are able to live without food for a month at a time, but they can only live without water for a week.
Known to reproduce quickly, if you see one, it’s likely many more are hiding and multiplying in and around your home or office.
Outdoors, cockroaches live in moist, dark, planted, or landscaped environments. They survive on nutrients from plants, insects, pet droppings, and trash.
Once inside the house, they go to the kitchens, bathroom drains, sinks, tubs, disposals, trash cans, potted plants, under sinks, and sink overflow vents. They survive on the waste in the sinks and drains as well as anything in the trash cans.
Cockroaches are some of the most adaptable creatures on earth, which is why controlling and eliminating them can be very difficult. In order to ensure their termination, follow these steps to help keep your home safe:
- Remove clutter, lawn trimmings, leaves, and yard clippings away from your home. Then, remove lumber, firewood or any other debris you may have around the perimeter of the house.
- Repair and adjust your sprinkler overspray and check your timer to make sure you aren’t overwatering your grass. Repair any leaks in the garden hoses, sprinkler lines, and hose bibs.
- Repair any gutter leaks and re-direct your air conditioner condenser line away from your home.
It is also important to keep your food sealed and stored properly. Your kitchen should be the only place where food is stored and it should be cleaned regularly to prevent crumbs and trash build-up.
Homeowners should inspect and seal all cracks and holes in homes because these small crevices often serve as ideal entryways for cockroaches and other pests.
Cockroaches are particularly great at hiding and their eggs are naturally protected from most of the over-the-counter insecticides, so a professional-grade solution works best.
Of course, all homeowners want a pest-free residence but most of them are totally ignorant about how to actually make this happen. If you want to eradicate your pest problem (roaches, bedbugs, water bugs, ants, termites) you need to first educate yourself on how to do so.
Understand that not all insect control chemical is made to kill all species. What works really well on getting rid of roaches may not work so well for other pests.
It is likely that you will have to use a cockroach removal service to eliminate roaches once and for all.