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8 Things You Need to Know About Cockroaches

If you are encountering cockroaches in your Ashland home, you may be wondering how they are getting in, and how to get rid of them. There is no doubt that these are disgusting creatures that are difficult to get rid of. But with a little know-how, it is possible. The following is a list of 8 things every homeowner should be aware of when dealing with cockroaches.

  1. A cockroach can hold its breath for up to 40 minutes. They often do this to regulate their loss of moisture. This ability makes it extremely difficult to drown a cockroach.  
  2. Cockroaches are filthy pests. These insects have no problem frequenting filthy places such as sewers and trash heaps. Then they are just as happy to enter your home and crawl around on food preparation surfaces or the food itself. Some of the diseases cockroaches are known to spread include: salmonellosis, cholera, dysentery, leprosy, and campylobacteriosis.  
  3. Roaches can run as fast as 3 miles per hour! This means they are able to spread diseases and bacteria quickly. Even a 1-day-old baby cockroach, which is about the size of a speck of dust, can run almost as fast as a full grown adult cockroach.  
  4. Cockroaches multiply quickly. German cockroaches, which are the most common type of cockroaches that are found in houses, go through 3 distinct phases: egg, nymph, and adult. And they breed continually. In a lifetime, a female German cockroach is capable of producing almost 400 eggs.  
  5. Cockroaches can live for up to one week without a head! Roaches have an open circulatory system, which means that they breathe through tiny holes in each of their body segments. A headless cockroach is able to breathe just fine but, after about a week, it will die of thirst.  
  6. Roaches are cold-blooded and can live for around a month without food. This means that even the cleanest, crumb-free home could have hundreds, or thousands, of hungry roaches waiting just inside the walls.  
  7. Cockroaches are hard to kill. While the myths of roaches being able to survive a nuclear explosion are a little exaggerated, it is true that they are notoriously difficult to completely eradicate from a structure with do-it-yourself methods.

If you are tired of dealing with cockroaches inside your Ashland home or you would rather avoid ever having to deal with them in the first place, reach out to Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. We have the experience, the tools, and the know-how for keeping cockroaches out of Missouri homes. Call us today for professional assistance. 

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