10 Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches

10 Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches

It’s no secret that cockroaches are thought to be one of the most disgusting pests.  They are known to carry up to 33 different kinds of bacteria that they spread around and contaminate food and surfaces.  Roaches are also responsible for causing allergies and triggering asthma attacks, especially in children.  Studies say that up to 5 million children are sensitive to cockroaches.

Behind the undesirable cockroach are many unique features.  Here are 10 Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches:

  1. There are 5,000 species of cockroaches in the world.
  2. It is believed roaches originated more than 280 million years ago.
  3. Allergies and asthma can be brought on by breathing in pieces of broken down cockroaches.
  4. Germans call the German cockroach the Prussian cockroach.
  5. The American cockroach likes alcoholic drinks, especially beer.
  6. Cockroaches can run up to 3 mph.
  7. A roach can live 1 week without it’s head.  It only dies because it can’t eat without it’s mouth.
  8. According to historical accounts, roaches have been used as medicines by grinding up and boiling them.
  9. Cockroaches like glue.
  10. Some females mate only once and remain pregnant for the rest of their lives.

For more fascinating facts on cockroaches visit our sources at NPMA and Hubpages.

 

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The Threat of German Cockroaches

German CockroachThe German cockroach is the most common cockroach found in structures.  They can invade your home at anytime of the year and once they do, they can increase in population very quickly.  A cockroach can produce 30-48 eggs at a time and those eggs can go on to reproduce in 30-45 days.

At first, German cockroaches will find food, water, and warmth in the home which is usually found in the kitchen and bathroom.  But once an infestation occurs they can be found anywhere in the structure and can be difficult to get under control.

Cockroaches can bring about many health and safety concerns.  When they invade your home they leave fecal matter and other debris on food and food preparation surfaces.  Roaches are also known to cause allergies in children.  The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports “one-in-five children in the United States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which increase the severity of asthma symptoms.”

If you have a roach infestation call a professional pest control company immediately.  The quicker you can get the infestation under control, the better for the health of your home and your peace of mind.  Call Northwest Exterminating to get rid of roaches in your home or business.

 

German Roaches

The German cockroach is the most common species of cockroach and can be found all around the world.  They are most often found in kitchens and bathrooms due to their preference for warm, humid places that are near food and water sources.  But you won’t always see them out in the open because they like to live in the cracks and crevices around homes and commercial buildings.  In fact, they spend 75% of their time in the cracks and crevices.

Environment of German cockroaches:

  • Cosmopolitan in distribution and will live anywhere humans build heated structures
  • Usually found in kitchens in secluded areas
  • Behind and under appliances
  • In cracks and crevices behind backsplashes
  • At counter edges
  • Behind and under cabinets
  • In void areas around plumbing
  • Backs of drawer wells
  • Will infest warm areas around appliance motors such as refrigerators and dishwashers

Not only are German cockroaches a nuisance pest but they are also a health risk.  Studies have shown that German cockroaches have been linked to illness and allergic reaction in humans, especially children.  They can spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens.  They pick up germs while crawling around and transfer them as they crawl on our food and surfaces.  They spread allergens as they crawl, and deposit droppings, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies.

Health threats of German cockroaches:

  • Will invade your home and leave fecal matter and other debris in and around food and food preparation areas
  • Can enter homes when boxes or products are shipped moved from one location to another
  • Reproduces at a high rate, completing a life cycle in 30 to 45 days
  • Produces 30-48 eggs at a time
  • Can generate 3 to 4 egg cases in a lifetime
  • Difficult to eradicate because they can infest so many areas and can be very difficult to contact with an insecticide

Contact a professional pest control company if you think German cockroaches have taken up residence in your home. Trained personnel know where to look for harborage sites and what products to apply to achieve fast and effective results. It is much easier to eliminate a German cockroach problem when it is newly established and small, rather than when the population has time to build.

 

No More Cockroaches

On Cinco de Mayo, we ran the billboard below:

"No More Cockroaches"

We thought the board was perfect for the occasion based on the song “La Cucaracha” that became popular during the Mexican Revolution, but also because cockroaches are a major concern in homes across the South.  Cockroaches can be found in a variety of locations and are a significant health risk due to their ability to transmit several known diseases.  Roaches are heavily reliant on humans for their food and shelter so they are most often found indoors.

Along with diseases, roaches cause allergens in a home.  Children and people over 60 have a higher increase of respiratory issues and can go into anaphylactic shock if an asthma attack should occur due to being exposed to the allergens.  A clean home can deter cockroaches and other pests from invading your home.

General House Cleaning Tips:

  • Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly
  • Wipe up spills and other messes as soon as possible
  • Wipe down counters
  • Keep upholstery and other linens clean

Common roaches found in Atlanta area homes are the American Cockroach, Brown-banded Cockroach, German Cockroach, and Oriental Cockroach.  For more information on roaches, visit our Identify your Pest section of our website. Roaches infest in high numbers so it is best to call an exterminator to ensure that the infestation is taken care of quickly and effectively.

 

Technician Tales: There’s a boa in your refrigerator

Technician Tales

As you can imagine, there is never a dull moment in the pest control industry.  It is our privilege to be able to help our customers keep their homes and businesses healthy and free of pests.  Along the way, we get ourselves into some pretty interesting situations.  Sometimes we get a good laugh about them around the different offices and thought that we would share our stories with our readers.  Technician Tales will be stories from our ladies and gentlemen out in the field or in the office who have found themselves in some very interesting predicaments.  For your enjoyment:

Technician Tales: There’s a boa in your refrigerator

Recently our representatives went on a call for a German cockroach infestation.  The area was crawling (no pun intended) in cockroaches.  There were roach droppings covering the floors, walls, and naturally, surrounding the refrigerator.  As a team of technicians were treating and vacuuming up the roaches, one of the technicians had pulled back the refrigerator and was treating around the area.  The technician was working his way around when he all the sudden jumped back and screamed, “SNAKE!!!!!!”.  Everyone hurried to see what he was yelling about.  When they looked at the bottom of the refrigerator, curled up at the bottom was a 4 foot long boa constrictor!!!!  Our technicians went to find someone at the location to let them know what they had found only to be met with the response “We’ve been looking for him”!!

Now THAT was a technician tale that we just had to share.