6 Things You Should Know About Cockroaches In Your Home

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Roaches. The one bug you hate, but it seems to love your home. Wherever you find humans, this species is not far off. Our cities and homes provide the bugs with all they need to live fruitful lives – all to our exasperation. No one likes the sight of the bugs scurrying around their home. Scattering away immediately you turn on the lights to a room, you tend to wonder just what goes on under the cover of darkness. Is it just one pesky bug, or do you have an entire horde in your home? Let’s clear the air about the infamous roach, debunking misconceptions about them.

1. Yes, some cockroaches can fly

Remember that there are different species of this bug – in fact exceeding 4000.  Some of them can take to flight, but only for a short distance. Species that can fly include: the American variety which has a shiny and reddish-brown colour and is quite large, getting to lengths of 1 ½ inches, and it can glide for quite a distance if it starts off from a high point; the tropical Australian cockroach which resembles the American kind but its smaller and its thorax has a yellow margin; and the Smoky Brown Cockroach which is particularly troublesome for getting into houses and contaminating meals with its excrement and regurgitated body fluids, which contain loads of bacteria. The common German cockroaches have wings, but are incapable of flight.

2.  No, cockroaches don’t jump

Sure, their hind legs are powerful for their size, but the limbs are for running, not jumping. The “leaproach” may look like it jumps, but in reality, it uses its wings, flipping itself up and out of the way – which usually happens when it is in danger. This led to its name, but it has wrongly been interpreted that it jumps.

3. Cockroaches can bite

But it’s not a cause for concern. Given that cockroaches have a wide menu – as they eat nearly everything that was once alive at some point, it will be difficult to find them biting humans. This only happens when other food sources are really rare, where you may find them nibbling at people’s hair, fingernails, and trying to get to the skin as well. This rarely occurs though, except for those cases on ships where you have large numbers of people trapped with few alternatives for food. This was pretty common back in the 18th century.

4. They are disease vectors

Herein lies their biggest threat to people. While the roaches don’t bite, they transport numerous strains of pathogens, which contaminate food and result in illnesses. After all, they scamper around from waste dumps and sewers, waltzing into homes and onto packets and plates of food, so they are bound to transfer the pathogens with them. Cockroaches spread germs responsible for everything from cholera and dysentery, to gastroenteritis and salmonellosis. Studies have also shown that exposure to roaches is a risk factor for persons developing asthma.

5. Cockroaches won’t leave on their own

You have to make them leave. If you already have roaches running around in your home, they are unlikely to migrate unless you take active steps to eradicate them. After all, they have all they need to survive and thrive: plenty of food, water, and a conducive shelter from the elements. They will stick around, breeding and growing their populations. If it’s just a case of one bug that was accidentally brought home from a motel or store, and your home is very clean, then the bug may not find enough food to survive. If it’s a lone male it will also die off without starting a colony in your home since there are no females to reproduce with. In such cases, you don’t have to worry. However, if there are multiple bugs already scurrying around your house, then you need to put in place plans to get rid of them to prevent an all-out infestation that puts the health of you and your loved ones in jeopardy. Our Ultimate Pest Control team is here for you, ready to eradicate the bugs from your home and restore your peace of mind.

6. They can move with you

Under the cover of darkness, the roaches will explore the entire house, looking for quick snacks. When there’s light, they will hide in the nooks and crannies of the home, and this includes furniture and boxes. When you move, you’ll be bringing them along with you. There doesn’t have to be that many to start a whole range of problems for you. One mated female alone is enough to launch an entire population of the bugs in your new residence. As such, it is important to thoroughly check your packages before the move, paying attention to the items packed from the bathroom and kitchen to ensure that you aren’t moving with the bugs.