Just about everyone knows what a roaches looks like; they are everywhere. While it is often jokingly stated that if anything could survive a nuclear war, it would be a roach. The idea is clear – they are real survivors.
Once there is a roach infestation, it can be very hard to get rid of them. Roaches multiply very quickly, and they also adapt quickly, too. It is important to contact a pest control agency quickly if you see them in your home or business.
There are over 4,000 different varieties of roaches, but only about thirty of them can comfortably live with humans. This number can be further reduced to include only four varieties; the main species that cause problems in homes and businesses in America.
The four main species are the American, German, Asian, and Oriental roaches. These vary in size from about 1/2″ (German), up to 2″ (American). In America, the species that is most common in homes would most likely be the German variety.
Roaches increase in population at a very rapid rate. The German cockroach female lives about 200 days. Each egg case that she lays includes thirty to fifty eggs. In her lifetime, she will produce between four to six egg cases. German roaches are clearly able to thrive.
Once roaches infest a home, they are rarely seen. Roaches are nocturnal and can live up to a month with little or no food. They can also survive by eating book bindings, furniture, glue, soap, dead insects, shoe linings, and more.
The presence of roaches can lead to a definite impression of uncleanness- especially if your guests see them. Contrary to popular belief, a roach infestation is not necessarily an indication of poor hygiene. However, an untidy environment will make it all the more difficult to get rid of them. The presence of roaches can also lead to health problems, including asthma in children. If you spot a cockroach at home or work, there are likely more of them concealed nearby. Contact NorthWest Pest Patrol to avoid letting an infestation get out of hand.