A creature we despise,
It looks so small and tiny,
And has gimlet eyes,
It stalks the drains and kitchens,
And scavenges in the night,
And climbs upon our plates of food,
Such an unwelcome sight.
Aside from termites, cockroaches are the number one expense when it comes to pest control in the United States. It's a huge slice of the 7.5 billion dollars spent in the US on pest control a year. With that kind of money going out, it's extremely important to make sure that your hard earned dough is being put to good use, so proper identification and treatment is essential.
Biologically speaking, most of these home invaders are very similar to one another in the idea that they prefer dark hideouts. Cracks and voids are typically where these guys like to hang out. They do this, so they can avoid air movement. Roaches are not a huge fan of vibration and air moving over them.
Cockroaches are omnivorous which means they don't discriminate when it comes to their dinner menu, and these little guys are hungry to eat both plant or animal matter.
Have you ever flipped a light switch and been witness to cockroaches scattering about as if they've been caught red-handed in a conspiracy meeting? This is instinctual for cockroaches because for the most part they are negatively phototactic--in simpler terms, what this means is they don't like the light, and when a light is switched on quickly, these guys are frightened and go to seek out the comfort of their dark, tiny, damp homes. There are a few roaches who are drawn to light, but they still aren't a fan of being startled quickly with light.
As pest control experts, knowing who we're battling is a key element in successful pest control strategies. In the United States, there are approximately 69 species of cockroaches, but less than 10 of them are what we would consider home invaders.
In the Charleston area, we encounter 5 species that Champion Pest Management works to protect you from under our service agreement. It's extremely important for our techs to first identify what type of pest you may be dealing with in order to customize the best treatment for your home or business. In this post, we will discuss some basic characteristics of these 5 species and how they vary from one another. In the weeks to come, keep an eye out for our roach series where I'll devote more attention to each type of cockroach.
Smoky Brown Cockroaches
Other than Being Scary Looking, Why are Cockroaches so Bad for our Homes?
Alright, so maybe after all this, cockroaches don't seem so scary right? Maybe we can all live together in peace and harmony?
Cockroaches have been around for an extremely long time. There are some roach fossils that date back 320 million years! They will probably be around much longer than we will be to be honest. So what's the point? Why fight it?
Well, cockroaches can be dangerous to our health as humans. These creatures are not only creepy to look at, but they can make your living arrangements downright perilous.
Why you Shouldn't be too Fearful
While the idea of a roach infestation can seem quite scary, it really isn't a time to loose your composure. If you fear an infestation in your home give us a call at Champion Pest Management. We're happy to come out, inspect, identify, and treat your home.
Together, we can keep your home safe and pest free.
11/8/2020 09:51:37 pm
American cockroaches are really aggressive, they are those who sneak at you while you sleep and bite you. It happened to me, and it is really scary. They also move so fast while mating season, and you see them often flying everywhere! They do not care where or whom they will land to.
12/17/2020 12:09:13 pm
It was interesting when you said that most pests prefer dark hideouts. I've noticed signs of cockroaches and fleas in my home. I'll have to ask about hideouts to find a knowledgeable pest control service to hire!
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4/29/2021 01:39:41 am
Thanks for helping me understand how having cockroaches around your home isn't a good thing since it could be a sign of infestation. I have a friend who noticed a couple of roaches around his pizza leftovers last night. Hopefully, this can convince him to look for a pest control service for help.
6/3/2021 02:19:49 am
Thank You for sharing this interesting article; keep it up to share a helpful article.
6/18/2021 09:51:07 pm
6/21/2021 03:42:12 pm
Wow, it never would have occurred to me that cockroaches can spread infections and disease. It seems like cockroaches could really cause harm if they get into your cabinets that have your foods in them. I would think that working with a pest control company would be a good way for keeping these insects out of your home.
1/5/2022 10:14:43 am
I've got cockroaches in my home, and I have no idea how to get rid of them. It makes sense that figuring out where they are hiding would be important! I'll be sure to work with a pest control specialist, because they would be able to find it for me.
3/28/2022 01:15:07 am
I was captured when you discussed the importance of knowing the kind of insect to produce successful pest control methods. My house has gotten so many mosquitoes when I left it for months. I better hire the best mosquito removal company near my place to totally get rid of insects.
Thanks for helping me understand that roaches would usually hide in dark areas no matter the type they are. I guess hiring pest control services would ensure that we will be able to get rid of them as soon as possible. I just started to notice them lurking around the sink area of our kitchen which makes me concerned about any contamination they can cause to our food.
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