Why You Should Call The Pros About Cockroaches In Your Wilmington Home
December 11, 2020
They are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Cockroaches. With over 3,500 species of cockroaches, it’s no wonder they are one of the top home deficiencies reported by the National Pest Management Association. The most common cockroach species you will find in your Wilmington home are American cockroaches, German cockroaches, and Smoky Brown cockroaches.
The iconic cockroach is the American cockroach. The 6-legged, oval-shaped American cockroach is the largest species of cockroach in the United States, measuring 1-3” long with a reddish-brown patterning on its back. Its cousin, the German cockroach, is the most common. A much smaller cockroach, the German species measure under 1” and are distinguished by their light tan color and parallel striping. While German and American cockroaches have wings, they prefer to run. Not the Smoky Brown cockroach. These large cockroaches, identified by their black and brown colors, use their wings to breach the tiniest entry points of your home. While many cockroaches prefer to be outside, they will enter your home and use it as a breeding ground. Since they prefer environments that are moist and humid, cockroaches spend most of their time in attics, kitchens, and bathroom areas.
Cockroaches breed voraciously. A handful of cockroaches can explode into 10,000 cockroaches in a matter of months. These omnivorous scavengers will eat almost anything. They feed on decaying matter, books, hair, food items, human feces, fabrics, insects, and other cockroaches. And the fecal matter of cockroaches acts like a beacon, attracting other cockroaches into your home. When traveling about your home, cockroaches secrete a unique odor that leaves your home smelling musty and foul.
The Dangers Of Cockroach Infestations
Everyone knows that cockroaches are gross, but many don’t know how dangerous a cockroach infestation can be to you and your family. Cockroaches climb around in bacteria-ridden areas, through sewers, in garbage and toilets, and track through areas with chemicals or toxins. This filth can end up in your home and contaminate your food supply.
Cockroaches can be dangerous to those with allergies or asthma. They release a “dust” or dandruff from their shells that can exacerbate symptoms of asthma and trigger an asthma attack. When cockroaches transport high bacterial pathogens into your home. These pathogens can cause anything from dysentery and cholera to leprosy and the plague. Cockroaches commonly introduce foodborne pathogens like salmonella and E. coli by feasting on contaminated food and bringing the leftovers to your house!
Cockroaches are some of the most resilient creatures on the planet. You may have heard that cockroaches can live up to three weeks with no head. But did you know that cockroaches survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima? You can imagine that they can be difficult, sometimes impossible, to get rid of from your home.
Ridding Your Home Of Cockroaches
Cockroaches have detoxification enzymes coded by genes. If you use common household insecticides, cockroaches quickly build a resistance to the chemicals, rendering them ineffective. Relying on chemicals to get rid of cockroaches won’t be a foolproof way to remove them from your home.
Not only do they have a way to resist chemicals, they frequently molt and possess the ability to regenerate appendages. Even when deprived of food and water, cockroaches can live for weeks or months without sustenance.
Because of the resilience of these pests, when you’re dealing with an infestation, call the experts. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the dangers of cockroaches is to call for professional help. Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators can rid your home of cockroaches with a full package of pest control services. Reach out to us today to get started.