Cockroaches… as much as we all hate them, they’re part of our world, especially here in the hot and humid summers of North Carolina. Rather than letting these annoying, disease-carrying cockroaches intrude into your hard-earned home or business establishment, do yourself a favor and contact well-versed, seasoned cockroach exterminators to ensure you never have to worry about their infestation again!
There are many different kinds of cockroaches, but today we will just go over some general information.
How Are Cockroaches Getting Into My House?
Cockroaches can get into your home just like any other insect through cracks or openings in the building such as damaged areas or even through openings in or around doors and windows. Sometimes they can get inside through containers or items brought in from outside such as trash cans, bags, suitcases, shoes, kid’s toys, and anything else that may have been brought in from outside. Other times pets can track them in or bring them in as a present for you.
Why Are Cockroaches Coming Into My House?
Similar to humans, cockroaches love to eat. Whether we’re talking about food sitting inside of a trash can, leftover dirty dishes, or food dropped on the floor, cockroaches will happily pick at any piece of food they’re able to. It is recommended to ensure your kitchen and dining room area are regularly cleaned in order to avoid cockroach infestation. Sweeping and polishing your floors are also imperative when it comes to cockroach control. Along with that, keep in mind that cockroaches love moisture. That said, remain vigilant of leaky water pipes, perhaps beneath your kitchen or bathroom sinks as well as bathmats or floormats that have a tendency to remain moist for hours after use.
How Long Do Cockroaches Live?
Many species of cockroaches live for a year or longer if their environment is right! A female roach can produce up to 320 eggs in her lifetime. She will hide her egg capsules (usually containing 14-18 eggs each) in a safe and protected area. Young cockroaches typically reach maturity in 160 days. Cockroaches are notoriously resilient, that combined with a long life cycle, and the potential for each female to yield more than 300 cockroach babies means that a cockroach problem needs to be dealt with quickly and effectively.
How Long Can Cockroaches Live In My Home?
How long your unwanted guests stay in your home depends on several environmental factors including but not limited to location and weather conditions, areas in which the pests can breed and nest in, and the amount of food and water they have access to. It is not uncommon for a handful of cockroaches to intrude into a home or property, lay eggs, and grow their population rapidly.
Do Roaches Climb On People While They Sleep?
The short answer is, yes. Cockroaches are nocturnal, meaning they like to move around more at night. If you have a cockroach infestation or even the start of one, they may come out more while you and your family are asleep. If you’re sleeping motionless they just might be making mad dashes across your bed while you sleep.
Are Cockroaches Harmful?
Because these pests are known to inhabit sewer drains, bathroom areas, and dumpsters, they have a high likelihood to pick up and transport pathogens and bacteria that are harmful to humans. It is safe to say that if you come in contact with a cockroach, ensure to wash your hands or any body part that came in contact with the pest.
As far as food is concerned, it is recommended to never eat any piece of food that has been in or around these pests, as airborne bacteria can seamlessly spread leaving you and your loved ones at risk of sickness and contamination.
Do Cockroaches Prefer Hot or Cold Temperatures?
Typically speaking, cockroaches do not like the cold, as they are cold-blooded arthropods (arthropods are unable to survive in extremely hot or extremely cold climates and must reside in fair-weathered temperatures of 55-70 degrees Fahrenheit with little-to-no humidity). In the beautiful state of North Carolina, it is safe to say that cold weather is rare and warm, humid weather is most prevalent for roughly 9 months out of the year.
That being said, do not expect the humid, sunny weather to deter cockroaches from intruding on your home or commercial business property, as they’re extremely capable of intruding during the night when the temperature cools down and when you’re least expecting them.
Do Cockroaches Die In The Winter?
Whether we’re talking about the American Cockroach, German Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach, or the Brown-Banded Cockroach, it is safe to say that these pests generally cannot survive in environments with temperatures below 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Nonetheless, it is very common for cockroaches to find a way into your home or business establishment in order to avoid unlivable weather conditions. Because they need water to survive (to avoid dehydration), these pests are notorious for living through winter by inhabiting floor drains, sewers, crawl spaces, and, most commonly, basements.
Do Cockroaches Prefer Light or Darkness?
Cockroaches don’t dislike light, but more species do prefer darkness. In fact, many species of cockroaches, such as Oriental and German, have been known to gravitate toward natural and man-made lighting by gathering on window panes, television screens, and even desk lamps.
Is There Anything I Can Do To Keep Cockroaches Away?
Cockroaches come inside looking for food, shelter, and water. If your home is not ideal for them, they will be less likely to enter, but they still may venture inside regardless. A few tips to help lower the chance of infestation are;
- Keep your trash cans closed and/or outside.
- Don’t leave out food or food containers.
- Keep your sink and dishes clean and dry.
- Keep your home at a cooler temperature.
- Fix/clean water leaks and excess moisture immediately.
- Close off any cracks or areas where the roaches might be able to enter.
- Use roach traps and/or roach deterrents like bay leaves, peppermint, or coffee grounds.
- Seek professional help if you have an infestation.
How Do I Know If I Have a Cockroach Infestation?
- Droppings and smear marks/streaks.
- Unusual odor or smell.
- Signs of Eggs.
- Cockroach skin sheddings.
- Seeing 5 or more living roaches in your home.
- Property damage.
Are Cockroaches Hard To Get Rid Of?
Cockroaches are one of the hardest pests to get rid of even though they are also one of the most common. If you have an infestation it may be time to contact professional pest control help.
Contact Your Raleigh Cockroach Extermination Experts Today
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