Cockroach Pest Control Q&A
Cockroaches…as much as we all hate them, they are part of our world, especially down here in the hot and humid summers of North Carolina. There are many different kinds of cockroaches, but today we will just go over some general information.
How Long Do Roaches Live?
Many species of cockroaches live for a year or longer! 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 Are Cockroaches Getting Into My Home?
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.
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.
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. Call us at (919) 231-3292 or fill out our contact form below for more help!