Cockroaches are members of the order Blattodea and about 4,600 species and over 460 genera are described around the world. The word Cockroach originated from the Spanish word name “Cucaracha “, which later was changed by the English as “cock” and “roach”, hence “Cockroach”. Many varieties of cockroaches are found around the world and they vary in size and color. The smallest cockroach is of the size of a thumbnail and the largest one 3.5 inches long and heaviest weighing, more than 30 grams is found in Australia.
TYPES OF COCKROACHES:
1. American Cockroaches
The American cockroaches are the largest cockroach found in houses. They are about 2″ in size with an oval shape and are Reddish-brown in color. They have a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head. They have 6 legs and also have wings and antenna. Each female of this type of cockroach can hatch up to 150 offspring per year.
These cockroaches prefer to live in warm, dark, wet areas, like sewers and basements. As these cockroaches are found in homes, they are also common in larger commercial buildings, such as restaurants, grocery stores, and hospitals, and hence very important for you to call for a pest control service provider who has expertise in the cockroach control treatment.
It is also very important for cockroach control to be done because they crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes carrying with them all bacteria and germs subsequently contaminating our food and water which triggers allergic reactions and causes asthma and illness.
2. Brown-banded Cockroaches
Brown-banded cockroaches are so-called due to the presence of two light bands across their dark brownish bodies. These cockroaches live for about 5 to 6 1/2 months. The female cockroach wings are smaller than the male’s wings.
Like any other cockroach, they should be avoided in our residential and commercial areas and cockroach pest control should be immediately done by a qualified pest control service provider.
3. German Cockroaches
German cockroaches are found all over the world and they oval dark brown in the color of 1/2″ to 5/8″ in size. They have a life span of 3.5 to 6.5 months. They are attracted to sweet food and can eat items such as toothpaste and books and love to live in warm and damp places of residential and commercial places.
A pest control service provider is required to be called for controlling the cockroaches in and around your premises as they will contaminate your food causing allergic reactions and other health-related issues in your family and guests.
4. Oriental Cockroaches
Oriental Cockroaches are large and very dark compared to other cockroaches. They are about 1″ in size and usually travel through sewer pipes and drainages. Dirty and cooler places are favorite habitats of these cockroaches and are the dirtiest of the cockroaches.
Cockroach pest control is highly important if any of this family of cockroach is spotted in your residence or commercial premise as their presence can result in illness especially asthma.
Cockroaches can be found anywhere and everywhere, infesting everything from homes to restaurants to trains and planes. They are present all around the world and can survive extreme weather conditions as a result of which they are also found in the Arctic. They may follow water pipes, drains, electrical lines, through walls from one room to another and even from one apartment to another or hide and ride anything that helps them to move from one place to another. They are usually found in places where there is a lot of food supply. They use pheromones as a mode of communication with one another.
Cockroaches are omnivorous. As they harbor many symbiotic protozoans and bacteria in their gut which are able to digest cellulose, cockroaches feed on a great variety of foods items like bread, fruit, leather, the starch in book bindings, paper, glue, skin flakes, hair, dead insects, etc.
Cockroaches Life Cycle:
Cockroaches also practice courtship rituals to attract mates. One female cockroach can lay about 120-320 eggs in its lifetime. Many times you must have observed cockroach carrying something on its abdomen. This is an egg case called ootheca which the cockroach on the end of their abdomens. A female cockroach will detach this oothecaprior from hatching into a nymph. This capsule becomes hard and changes color to dark brown within four hours of hatching. Nymphs look like an adult cockroach and they have undeveloped wings and genitalia. It takes about a few months to a year for a nymph to become a full-fledged adult cockroach which has a life span of about four years.
COCKROACH CONTROL TREATMENT:
- Practice better sanitation and garbage disposal methods.
- Block all points of entry and debris around your premises.
- To limit the number of cockroaches in around your residence, office and other places a long-term cockroach control by a pest management professional is required.
INDICATORS FOR PRESENCE OF COCKROACH:
If you notice the following, it is time to call the team from RPA Pest Control Services for Cockroach control service:
- Cockroach droppings,
- Smear marks,
- Moulted skin,
- Cockroach eggs,
- Unusual odour
- Damage on food packaging, leather, books, etc
- Actual sightings in kitchen, bathrooms of commercial and residential areas.
Call us on 7827144714 / 8318145337 for pest control of cockroaches if you see the above indications.
Cockroaches move around the whole world through various modes like debris, drainage, etc, are the source of many diseases transmitted to human beings. They can transmit the following diseases:
- Typhoid Fever
- Spread E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus.
- Cockroaches can live for almost a month without food and for two weeks without water.
- Cockroaches have been on the earth since the dinosaur era.
- Surprising to know that some female cockroaches mate only once and remain pregnant for the whole life.
- The cockroaches can run up to 5 km an hour.
- A beheaded cockroach can live for one week without its head.
- A very amazing fact that cockroaches can hold their breath up to 40 minutes.
- Cockroaches can run up to 5 km an hour.
Cockroach Frequently Asked Questions
Which are the best methods to control cockroaches?
Baits and sprays are used to control cockroaches. Baits are foods that contain some amount of insecticide to kill cockroaches. Sprays are pesticides that are applied on crawling spaces of cockroaches and kill them as soon as they contact the pesticide.
Can the cockroaches infest again after getting rid of them once? Cockroaches can be eliminated but they might reinfest depending on the location and the species involved. Outside cracks and holes should be sealed to prevent their invasions.