Cockroaches, the pests that enter and take over your homes in their scavenge for food. Once they enter the home, cockroach allergens can trigger allergies and asthma. In addition to allergens, they spread bacteria and viruses (i.e. polio virus). Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella, as well as six kinds of parasitic worms and atleast seven other kinds of human pathogens.
According to PestWorld.org, cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour, which means they can spread germs and bacteria throughout a home very quickly. Parent cockroaches are not the only problem, their microscopic offspring can run almost as fast as their parents. Cockroaches have relatively small heads and brod, oval-shaped, flattend bodies. American cockroaches are typically reddish brown with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head, with six legs and two antennae.
The best way to prevent cockroaches from infesting your home in the first place is to identify what draws them to your home. They often enter structures by being brought in on human belongings, coming up from the sewer system via drains or occasional mass migration from other structures during warm weather.
The top three things that attract cockroaches are food, water and shelter, which are all things that are essential to our survival. The best way to combat cockroaches seeking these things in your home is to eliminate their access to food (including dog food), remove standing water, and use a waterproof filler and sealant around the house to block any gaps or crevices where roaches may enter the home.
Be sure that you clean your kitchen daily and take out the garbage regularly to prevent crumbs and trash from building up within your home. Cockroaches have a fondness for fermenting material, which is what they find if garbage is within your home for too long.
These pests tend to move indoors when they experience a shortage of food or significant climate change. Majority of cockroaches thrive in warm, moist and dark environments, which may bring them to your home during the winter. However, cockroaches can still be a year long issue. They are able to withstand extremely cold temperatures allowing them to be able to even thrive in the Arctic. Once they enter your home it is important to note that even with these preventative measures pests have the ability to live for a few days up to a month without food. Cockroaches are some of the most adaptable creatures on earth; making it difficult to control and eliminate an infestation. In the case where you can not prevent an infestation, the best way to eliminate them is to have a licensed pest control professional take care of the issue quickly and efficiently. Pest professionals are able to recommend the best treatment plan for your particular case to get rid of the infestation and to prevent any future problems.