February

07

2014

 
little known cockroach facts

Every insect, at the very least, is a nuisance to homeowners, landlords, and business owners. But without doubt, one of the most dreaded pests of the insect family is a cockroach in the kitchen of your home or business.

There are at least five things you may not know about cockroaches, all of which lead to the need for cockroach control.

  1. A cockroach is very difficult to control or eliminate. In fact, a roach can live for several days without its head. Their circulatory system allows them to breathe through little openings in each of their body segments, and therefore, do not have to depend on their mouth or head when it comes to breathing.

  2. A cockroach is a cold-blooded insect and can live without food for one month. However, the roach will only survive a week without water.

  3. A cockroach is a very fast moving insect and can cover 3 miles in an hour. This allows one cockroach the ability to spread germs and bacteria throughout a business or residence very quickly.

  4. The German cockroach is the most common of the cockroaches found in America. Their newborn (aka cockroach babies) become adults in just 36 days, causing a rapid infestation.

  5. The cockroach likes to squeeze into tight places, making them very illusive. The German cockroach can fit into a crack as thin as a dime while the larger American cockroach will squeeze into a crevice as thin as two stacked nickels.

The cockroach is very prolific. One female cockroach will carry 30-50 eggs in a sack under her abdomen several times a year. Once the eggs hatch, the newborn will become an adult within 36 days and begin its own reproductive cycle. With this rapid reproduction ability, one single pair of cockroaches can have 400,000 descendants in one year under optimal conditions.

This rapid infestation of cockroaches also leads to exposure of cockroach diseases within your commercial establishment or residence. Cockroaches will eat just about anything including spoiled, contaminated, and unsanitary products. This establishes the fact that cockroaches are carriers of diseases that pose a threat to humanity. Some of these cockroach diseases include dysentery, typhoid, poliomyelitis, and gastroenteritis.

No one knows the need for cockroach protection better than Sprague Pest Solutions. Our highly trained teams provide the most innovative pest control and pest elimination to our clients in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Portland, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.