What are they?
Roaches are pest that are usually an 1/8th inch to 1 inch in length. The most common cockroaches found in U.S. homes or businesses are American, German, Asian, Oriental & the Brown-banded, with the German and Asian cockroaches being most common in Nebraska.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
They are not poisonous and do not bite, but Asthma and other respiratory health problems are very common with cockroaches. Roaches can spread up to 33 kinds of bacteria. Not to mention, if untreated they can cause damage to appliances, outlets, and even eat through cabinets which lower resale values of properties.
How did I get roaches?
Food, water, filth and warm shelter will attract cockroaches. Areas that are high in humidity such as basements and boiler rooms and even sewers are especially attractive to cockroaches. German cockroaches eat food of all kinds and may hitchhike into the house on egg cartons, soft drink cartons, sacks of potatoes or onions, used furniture or appliances, beer cases, etc. The presence of cockroaches can lead to a definite impression of uncleanness, especially if your guests see them. The truth is that it is not necessarily uncleanliness (but could be) that will produce a cockroach manifestation. However, uncleanliness will cause it to be much more difficult to get rid of them.
Where do they hide?
Roaches hide where they can easily find food, water, and warmth. The best places to find roaches are in kitchens, basements, and bathrooms. They hide in the cracks in walls and electric outlets, under refrigerators, microwaves, ovens washers, hot water heaters or pipes. Roaches are also found in cupboards, drawers, and medicine cabinets, even behind pictures hanging on a wall.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Most pests reproduce very quickly and are experts at adapting to changes, which is why they are among the oldest living species on the planet. Structures that already have a presence of roaches, a monthly IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program may be required until infestation is under control or eliminated.
How can I prevent this in the future?
Preventing a cockroach problem can be difficult, but keeping a clean house and taking their food and water supply away is essential. Sealing all cracks and holes, eliminating hiding places or entry points is a big step. It is easier to stop an infestation before it starts; therefore residential structures with no signs of pests should be treated at a minimum of 3-4 times a year to be proactive.
Fun facts about roaches:
If roaches were the size of humans, it is estimated that they could run 200mph.
A female cockroach can store excess sperm for her entire lifespan; meaning she only needs to get pregnant once but can fertilize her eggs anytime to ensure a legacy.
Cockroaches typically live within 5 feet of their food and water source.
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