I used to scream and shout when I see cockroaches. This oval-shaped, brownish creature is somewhat disgusting but as I grew older, I become less afraid of them.
As annoying as a cockroach may be, it is quite a fascinating creature. Cockroaches can live almost a month without food and two weeks without water. They can also hold their breath for up to 40 minutes (that explains why my technique of using water to drown them doesn’t work) and the most shocking revelation is that cockroaches can live to one week headless.
It’s no wonder there are so many of them roaches around because they never seem to be able to die. From these facts, I deduce that the best way to exterminate those roaches is to just step on them or squash them with a roll of papers.
There Are Huge Numbers Of Cockroach Types
There are various types of cockroaches in the world and the American cockroach the most popular around the world. Well, naturally since the American cockroach is the renowned household pests.
There’s nothing really American about it actually. But this type of cockroach is the largest found in houses. The females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year and baby cockroaches don’t get their wings until they become adults.
What are the Different Cockroach Types American cockroaches live in warm, dark, wet places, because they need to be near water. Their hanging out spots include sewers and basements, around pipes and drains and perhaps, also my kitchen.
These roaches carry bacteria and germs as they tend to crawl around dirty areas. So if you want to avoid the visits from these ‘Americans’, try to keep your cooking, eating and food storage area clean and dry. That helped me eradicate my problem so you can try. The American cockroaches have wings and can fly too but I seldom see them fly. But usually I just name the flying ones ‘flying cockroaches’.
I’ve also encountered Australian cockroaches, though not at home. The Australian cockroaches freak me out the most because they are the winged species, and that means they have the flying ability. Anyway, Australian cockroaches are often mistaken for an American cockroach but they are slightly smaller. They originate from Asia and love the warmer climates. They can travel quickly and fit into small cracks and under doors, despite their fairly large size.
What are the Different Cockroach Types There are also German cockroaches which I’ve yet seen since they are more common in the U.S. They are nocturnal and they multiply very fast, apparently faster than rabbits. Because of these factors, their breeding is often undetected until there is an infestation. These cockroaches have an appetite for sweet and floury food and even non-organic items such as toothpaste and books. This is another one of those cockroaches that fly tough they are not strong fliers.
There are in fact about 4,000 species of cockroach, and the 3 that I’ve mentioned are the most popular household pests that you might want to exterminate as they are filthy and carry diseases.
House centipedes are probably the most effective control agent of cockroaches but some might not want centipedes in their house either.
Well, then you should consider alternatives like aerosol or pesticides or perhaps you can also do it manually by squashing each one that dares to appear in front of you. Whatever it is, cockroaches are not creatures that you would want as pets.
If you are having problems with cockroaches and you can’t seem to get rid of them on your own, then you need a professional pest control company.