Cockroaches come in all shapes and sizes!
Facts about Cockroaches
We may think of cockroaches as simply pests that invade our homes and scavenge for the crumbs in our kitchens. In reality, most species do not actively seek out human dwellings to find food resources. Roaches are one of nature’s most avid recyclers because they feed on decaying organic material. These pests are known to carry and spread disease because they are attracted to and feed from waste deposits and spoiled food. Restaurants are particularly susceptible to attracting this pest due to the amount of food waste that is unavoidable in the industry. An amount of food that humans would consider insignificant when dropped on the floor is a feast to a small cockroach.
If you’ve ever been in a roach infested building, one of the first things that you will notice is the smell. Cockroaches emit a foul odor as a way of communicating with other cockroaches. The chemical produced is called cuticular hydrocarbons. This chemical is found on their legs, bodies, feces and shed skins. The only way to eliminate the odor long term is to destroy the source. Once the source has been identified and eliminated, all surfaces in the building should be cleaned. This is especially important for surfaces in the kitchen. Some species of cockroaches are also cannibalistic. This means that long after you’ve cleaned up, the roach colony will still have a source of food for some time to come. Listening for clicking, hissing or chirping may help to identify where these pests are congregating and reproducing.
Why Do I Have Cockroaches?
Getting inside: This is the easy part. Roaches are masters of finding entries and exploiting them to gain access to your home or business. Common entryways include sewers, cracks, vents, and drains. They can even latch onto you or your belongings and hitch a ride right through the front door.
Environment to Thrive: Human dwellings provide many amenities to your new house guests. The roaches will be ecstatic that they found a warm place to reside with plenty of dripping water and a enough crumbs to start a colony. These pests don’t give up when the seasons change. They are active year-round, so don’t try to wait or starve them out. Swift Reproductive Cycle: A single female roach can easily produce 150 offspring in her lifetime. Eggs take 6-8 weeks to hatch, but this is still considered a pest that can reproduce very rapidly.
Elite Hide And Seek Champions: Cockroaches are notoriously effective at hiding. These nocturnal pests prefer not to be out in the open, particularly during daylight. If you spot a single roach in your home during the daytime, you could be dealing with a massive infestation. Roaches roaming openly in the daylight is a strong sign that their nest is overcrowded and a new nesting spot is being sought after.
Asthma / Allergy Implications: Roaches may help to clean up decaying organic material, but not without leaving behind their own waste.
DIY Pitfalls: Due to the fact that roaches can thrive off very little resources and have a rapid reproduction rate, trying to take care of these pests by yourself will prove to be a challenge. Even after your home is cleaned of all food debris, some species of cockroaches will survive by feeding on the cockroaches that die due to starvation.
Types of CockroachesOver 50 species of cockroaches live in the USA. The two most common cockroach species are American and German cockroaches.
- American Cockroaches
- German Cockroaches
- Sand Cockroaches
- Florida Woods
- Cinereous / Lobster
- Pale Bordered Field
- Death Head