It’s like manager of the San Francisco Giant, Bruce Bochy said just last week….”You Just Can’t Kill Cockroaches!”
And never has a statement been more true. Cockroaches have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, adapting over millions of years and into over 4,000 species around the world.
And they are an especially resilient, being able to live almost a month without food, several weeks without water, being able to hold their breath for up to 40 minutes, and can even live for up to one week without its head!
While they may give some of us the creeps, they are an interesting species. Female roaches often stay pregnant for the entirety of their lives, faster reflexes than human, and have one nerve connecting their tails to their heads, alerting them to danger from behind.
Most roaches are around 3 inches in length. American Cockroaches, which are a breed particular to the states as their name would suggest are brown, and have hairy legs.
American cockroaches eat leaves, tiny wood particles, fungi and algae. They also eat small insects. Indoors, American cockroaches forage under appliances, in drains, in kitchen cabinets and on the floor. They eat crumbs, scraps of food and spilled food that they find. They will also eat pet food that is left out overnight.
Many people spot that they have an infestation when they begin to notice egg capsules and droppings throughout their home, particularly in their kitchens.
They have adapted over time to have many unique physical characteristics that enable them to thrive such as six legs and 18 knees, wings (because some species can fly) and claws that allow them to scale walls.
Cockroaches are commonly found in buildings and homes because they prefer warm environments close to food and water.
Unfortunately, cockroaches can cause allergies and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They can also spread nearly 33 different kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella species, six parasitic worms and more than seven other types of human pathogens.
Because of their adaptable nature, getting rid of roaches yourself once an infestation has occurred is almost impossible. If you have an infestation, don’t wait to get help because they can cause serious health hazards to your family and home. Call Gibson Pest Control at 888-483-6507 or 828-684-1353 for a free consultation and treatment services.