Source : NPMA
Cockroaches have been around for millions of
years, evolving into some of the most adaptable pests on Earth.
Aside from their creepy appearance, cockroaches display some unique behaviors
and survival tactics that help them thrive in many different
environments, including homes. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
explores what makes these pests so difficult to control.
Resilience. A cockroach can live
for a week without its head and can hold its breath for 40 minutes.
Some species can even withstand freezing temperatures.
size. Cockroaches are small pests, so they can
easily hide in cracks and crevices. Male cockroaches can fit
through an opening as small as 1/16 inch in width or the thickness
of a quarter.
speed. Cockroaches are very fast for their size and
can run up to three miles in an hour. A newborn cockroach, which is
about the size of a speck of dust, runs nearly as fast as its
habits. Cockroaches can survive for up to one month
without food and two weeks without water. They are omnivores, so
many types of food are attractive to them including sugars,
proteins and fats.
breeding. A female cockroach and her offspring can
produce as many as 30,000 cockroaches in one year.
"Not only are cockroaches hard to eliminate, but they can pose
health risks to humans if they find a way inside,” said Missy
Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA.
"Cockroaches are known to spread diseases, trigger allergies and
exacerbate asthma symptoms. This makes pest-proofing the home all
the more important to protect your family and property.”
Practicing good sanitation is crucial to prevent an infestation.
NPMA experts recommend storing food in sealed containers, keeping
kitchen counters and pantry cabinets free of crumbs, vacuuming
often and disposing of garbage on a regular basis. If an
infestation is suspected, contact a licenced pest professional to treat the problem.
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