Roaches. We have encountered these repulsive, ugly, and filthy bugs, and we hate them. Easily recognized because they are among the most prolific insects that you may ever face off against, these nasty bugs can quickly infest your home. One roach will likely not arrive at your home alone, so count on many others being nearby. As soon as you see a roach, you need to tackle the problem right away. Otherwise, the problem will get out of hand.
What You Should Know
Cockroaches have been in existence for more than 320 million years. They can thrive in the most adverse conditions and the worst living environments because of how they have adapted. These insects are sociable, omnivorous, and intelligent, so they can take over before you know it. Roaches stand out in many ways – they can survive under water for forty minutes, they reproduce very quickly, and even if they have their head cut off, they can live for a week.
There are 4,600 cockroach species, and only 30 kinds are associated with human habitats, so they have significant differences. While roaches are associated with filth or may be considered as dirty insects, it is not uncommon to find them living in some of the cleanest places. Water sources, moisture, debris, warmth, and food are what attracts roaches, so you are more likely to find them in kitchens under sinks or in drains, around appliances, or in cupboards or pantries, in basements particularly around drains, flooring, and crawlspaces.
The Threat To Human Health
Cockroaches can negatively affect the health of your family and pets. Because of the unsanitary conditions caused by cockroaches, infectious diseases such as polio, E. coli, and salmonella can be spread. Roaches can bite, and they contribute to asthma and allergies. They also carry parasitic worms, such as roundworm, tapeworm, and hookworm, which can cause problems for your household pets. In addition to creating these physical ailments, cockroaches can affect your household’s mental health and cause extreme stress and anguish.
Roach Extermination Is Necessary
Because of the disease and destruction that accompanies a cockroach infestation, you need to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Roaches will eat anything, but they do tend to be more attracted to starchy items like books, cardboard, and paper. Getting rid of them is not easy. They can live without food for extended periods, they lay eggs multiple times each year, and they can hide themselves in the tiniest areas. While you may think a quick trip to the store to grab foggers, roach sprays, and traps will help you fight the problem, you will find them to be costly, ineffective approaches. You should not even waste your time trying to handle a roach infestation on your own as the delay in treatment may result in an even larger infestation.
If you have seen the signs of a cockroach infestation in your home or business in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson areas, contact 520 Termite & Pest Solutions. We have a team of experienced exterminators who know how to stop cockroaches dead in their tracks.