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Cockroaches – Disease Carriers that Thrive in All Locations
Cockroaches are every homeowner’s seemingly worst nightmare. Seeing a cockroach in your home would make anyone shudder. They are grotesque, ugly little bugs that no one wants in their home or business. If you believe you have a problem, call the Brantford pest control team at Arrow Pest Control for an immediate solution. Please keep reading to learn more about these unwanted critters.
Cockroaches are extremely filthy insects and thrive anywhere. They eat almost anything and live in large groups so that if you see a single cockroach, chances are there are many more around that you haven’t seen yet. Cockroaches contaminate all the food and surfaces they touch. They destroy paper products and fabrics and leave stains and unpleasant odours wherever they live.
Cockroach Infestation Not to be Taken Lightly
One of the worst things about cockroaches is that they are carriers of diseases. A cockroach infestation is not to be taken lightly. It can be a serious problem that needs to be dealt with immediately. The longer you leave the problem untreated, the worse the infestation becomes.
Cockroaches are more likely to be in homes and places that are dirty, but that isn’t necessarily always the case. Homes that have food scraps lying around or that have moist, dark areas are very attractive to cockroaches. But having a cockroach infestation does not necessarily mean that your home or place of business is not clean and tidy. Even the cleanest places can be invaded by these pests. Cockroaches could have been introduced to your environment by accident and without you knowing it. They could have entered your home quite innocently in a grocery bag that may have had some eggs ready for hatching.
The cockroach’s body is flattened and very versatile, which allows them to enter into environments through pipes or tiny gaps in foundations, doorways or cracks in walls. Once they enter your home or business, they breed and multiply.
Although it may seem that cockroaches are constantly scuttling about, they are actually only active for about 4 hours each day. They spend the rest of the time resting. It is thought that a female cockroach needs a lot of rest because she is pregnant for most of her life, delivering forth a vast amount of baby roaches.
These Resilient Pests are Difficult to Eliminate
It has been said that cockroaches would be one of the first creatures to survive if a nuclear war broke out. Their resistance towards radiation is due to their cell cycle; their cells divide only one a week (which is how often they molt).
Roaches are very resilient and hardy creatures. Although they thrive on water, food and warm shelter, these little creatures have been known to live up to 3 months without food and up to 1 month without water. They are also able to survive about 45 minutes without air. If you submerge them under water, cockroaches have been known to survive for half an hour without drowning. Cockroaches can also live without their heads for at least a week, and even if their heart stops they don’t die immediately.
Cockroaches have a white, starchy substance within their bodies that contains nutrients to help neutralize and lessen the effects of any chemical substances that may threaten to kill them. Cockroaches are very hard to get rid of without calling in professionals.
If you have a cockroach infestation, instead of dealing with the problem yourself, you would be wise to call in a professional exterminator. Otherwise, you may be spending time, effort and money into getting rid of these pests without much success. Professional exterminators, like the ones at Arrow Pest Control, know exactly how to deal with cockroaches and keep them from returning.