No pest is more despised in today’s world more than the cockroach. Even the very name of this insect can make individuals skin crawl or send them screaming in the opposite direction. The cockroach is estimated to be at least 200 million years old, in some cases, fossil evidence predates the earliest dinosaurs. Hardy and prolific, the cockroach is a formidable pest most often requiring professional assistance in removal.
Of the nearly 3,000 species of cockroach in the world, only around 50 are found within the United States. Though logically the only species considered pests can be found in the average home or restaurant. These environments entice cockroaches because they have an ample mixture of moisture and food sources.
Cockroaches, despised as they are, have become the boogeyman of pests, though not all of the fears associated with them are rooted in fact. The cockroach can wreak havoc on asthma sensitive individuals as they shed their exoskeletons and litter trails with fecal matter. However, the most common cause is due to proteins that the cockroach produces.
Because the cockroach has an open circulatory system and breathes through smalls holes throughout its body. This pest is able to survive decapitation for up to a full week. The eventual cause of death has been proven to be dehydration as the cockroach can no longer consume water.
Cockroach feces is visible during infestation and can appear similar to coffee or pepper grounds for smaller roaches and rice sized black specks for larger ones. By evaluation of the quantities of feces present the level or duration of infestation can be assessed. Some species of cockroach emit a strong oily or musty scent.
Roaches often take up residence in hidden locations such as behind furniture and appliances or between books. In most cases, they are near water and food sources. Cockroaches are typically nocturnal and seek out darker areas for dwelling spaces and often target electrical appliances for their heating properties.
When identifying cockroach infestations there are several tale-tell signs that can help with verification. If experiencing any of these signs within a home, it is most likely time to contact a professional. Remedying the problem before it becomes worse will always be the best solution.
The cockroach life cycle follows egg and nymphal stage typical of many insects. Eggs, called ootheca, can be produced by females within three to seven days of mating. Within the female cockroach lifetime, she is capable of producing 3 to 6 oothecae.
Several species of cockroach can be found in Oklahoma. Though in many ways the species have similar foraging and dwelling practices, different pest control methods may be required between the species. Professional help may be necessary for controlling and eradicating the cockroach population in your home.
When dealing with a cockroach infestation professional assistance is almost always required. As cockroaches can inhabit a variety of hidden places and reproduce quickly, quick removal is a necessity. There are several steps you can take to try and minimize a cockroach problem and help prevent them from targeting your home or business as a potential residence.
To track the family tree would take a lot of paper, roaches have been around for over 400 million years. Cockroaches can be found in clean homes depending on how easily they can access food and water sources, however; dirty homes provide easy access making the pest more common within them. Some cockroaches have been found to like alcoholic beverages, such as beer. This is due to the sugar content found in the alcohol.
We hope this information helps you prevent cockroach infestations and keeps your home free from infestations all year long. If you are struggling with a cockroach problem in your home or business, give us a call or visit our website to start a no obligation cockroach evaluation. The talented technicians at Arrow Exterminators can identify any type of pest and identify the best course of treatment to get rid of it. We’ll create a custom pest control plan to make sure we eliminate every last one from your home and keep them away for good! You can call our trained pest control experts at any time with questions about pest control methods or pest prevention techniques. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for more pest prevention tips and tricks. Contact Arrow Exterminators and our ant control experts will get you the help you need right away. Whether it’s a private residence, dormitory, hotel or any other type of property. Arrow Exterminators has been eliminating cockroaches all over Oklahoma since 1952. We know cockroach control.
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