Get to Know One of Your Biggest Household Enemies: Cockroaches

Cockroaches Hiding Behind Plant

Roaches are among the most common household critters and the culprit behind many pest control requests from homeowners. They’re called unhygienic scavengers, and seeing even just one of them is enough to make one’s skin crawl.

Learning and understanding their nature and behavior is essential. Only then you’ll have better chances of preventing them from infiltrating and invading your living space. Here are the things you need to know before calling for cockroach control:

Are All Cockroaches Considered Pests?

Of over 4,500 species of roaches in the world, only about 30 of them are considered pests. The most common types to inhibit households and cause a nuisance to property owners are German, brown-banded, American, and smoky brown species. Some, most notably the German ones, are also found to be carriers of intestinal diseases, such as cholera and typhoid fever.

Do All Cockroaches Fly?

Not all roaches can fly. They are relatively large insects. And even with two sets of wings, they’re only able to use one of them for flight. This makes flying difficult for them, which is also why they can travel by air for only a short distance. So instead, most cockroaches use their legs for running.

Are Cockroaches Only Active At Night?

Roaches are mainly nocturnal creatures. They follow a circadian rhythm that affects how they tend to hide during the day and forage for food at night. However, they may be forced to come out at daylight if there are many to feed yet so little food to eat. So, seeing cockroaches roaming around your home when the sun’s still up can already be a telltale sign of infestation.

Where Do They Usually Hide?

Cockroaches generally like hiding in plain sight—within the dark, secluded spots of the house. But, every species have different preferred environments. German roaches, for example, can usually be found in places near water and food sources like kitchens and bathrooms. Brown-banded ones prefer dry areas indoors, while American cockroaches typically lurk around warm, damp spaces.

Do Cockroaches Only Infest Dirty Places?

One of the most common misconceptions about cockroaches is that only dirty areas are infiltrated and invaded by them. While keeping your space clean reduces the likelihood of infestations, it doesn’t guarantee that it’ll be safe from these unwanted guests. Roaches will seek and take shelter in places with food and water sources. Unless strict pest control measures are in place, the risk of cockroach infestations will be there.

Know Your Enemies Further

Learning about their behavior and ideal environment is a prerequisite to effective cockroach control. Arrow Services, Inc. has experts conducting thorough inspections to determine the most viable treatment for your specific pest problem. We also offer mosquito fogging in Michigan and other areas. Contact us today.

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