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Roaches – A Problem That Must Be Dealt With Immediately

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German Cockroach

Cockroaches come in many varieties. When your home is infested with these insects, you likely don’t care if you are dealing with a German cockroach or an American Cockroach. You just want them gone as quickly as possible. Roaches often carry diseases also as they prefer to live where food is present or in waste deposits. Most do prefer warm conditions within structures while tropical species often find homes to be too cool.

Cockroaches are hazardous as they emit airborne pheromones for mating and swarming purposes. They also leave chemical trails in their feces and these trails carry bacteria to other surfaces. These odors are very unpleasant and some species will make noise when present.

In addition, cockroaches can aggravate allergies. When they cast off their skins, dust is left behind. The droppings and dead bodies are also allergens and children and individuals who are sensitive are especially susceptible to a reaction.

Most cockroaches are nocturnal. When exposed to light, they look for a hiding place although there are exceptions to this. When a roach goes to hide from the light, they look at not only the darkness of a potential hiding place, but how many other roaches are present.

Cockroaches vary in size, with the average cockroach coming in at about the size of a thumbnail. The giant burrowing cockroach can grow to three-and-a-half inches though. All have broad, flat bodies and small heads and females can carry a large number of eggs at one time.

As cockroaches reproduce quickly, for every one you see, hundreds could be hiding in your home. Adults can live for as long as four years, some can do without air for 45 minutes and roaches can be submerged in water for 30 minutes and survive. They also have a higher resistance to radiation than humans and other vertebrates. Rather than learning how to get rid of roaches, it is best to prevent them from moving into your home in the first place.

Certain precautions may be taken in the home to help prevent an infestation of cockroaches. Garbage cans should have tight lids and food should be stored in containers with seals. Frequently clean the kitchen to remove any items which could attract the roaches and vacuum on a regular basis. Put pet food away at night and never leave dirty dishes in the sink. Close all bags of food and candy so roaches don’t have something to eat and sit at the table for meals rather than walking around the house. Roaches will eat almost anything including crumbs, dead leaves and glue or soap, when they get hungry enough.

American cockroach on whiteWater also attracts roaches. Roaches will die if they go a week without water so be sure to cut the water off when you are done using it and take care of any leaks promptly. Roaches don’t need much water to survive so be sure to wipe down counters as even one drop is enough for roaches to live.

Often you will find that, no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of the roaches as they are so hardy. When this is the case, it is time to call a professional in. The professionals come in and treat using a highly effective bait placed in strategic places to control the infestation. This is a problem that must be dealt with immediately to prevent health problems. Call Sentry today!