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FACTS & INFORMATION ABOUT COCKROACHES FROM ONTARIO'S LEADING PEST CONTROL COMPANY

There are over 4,000 cockroach species worldwide. In fact, cockroaches are the most resilient, adaptable pest on the planet and have been traced back to prehistoric times.

Cockroaches are often depicted as dirty pests that are difficult to eliminate, once they have infested your home, office or workplace.

Here are some interesting facts about cockroaches:

  • They can live with no food or water for week.

  • Cockroaches lifespan is approximately 1 year.

  • On average an adult cockroach is 1 and 5 cm in length with an oval, flattened body.

  • They range in colour from black to reddish brown.

  • All cockroaches have 6 legs, a pair of long antennae and while all species have wings, not all fly (and some jump)

  • They can multiply very quickly as some females are able to produce an extremely high number of eggs (100-200) in their lifetime.

  • Cockroaches are scavengers and will eat anything and everything from organic matter to fabric to soap and even glue.

  • They are nocturnal and scatter when exposed to light.

  • Cockroaches originated from the tropics and prefer hot and humid environments, but can make habitats in arctic cold.

  • Cockroaches are unsanitary as they crawl through sewers and garbage.

Cockroaches originated from the tropics and prefer to live in environments that are humid and warm. This preference for warmth and moisture has not stopped them from extending their reach across the world, making habitats in a wide range of environments including arctic cold.  They seek out habitats that provide heat, moisture and food, which is why cockroaches regularly invade damp and warm places like bathrooms, kitchens and basements of houses, apartments, schools and commercial businesses.

Cockroach Infestations

While cockroaches are dreaded and feared, not all species of roaches are actual pests that invade homes and businesses. That said, cockroaches in general are cause for worry as they are unsanitary when exposed to any indoor environment (home or business). They therefore pose a threat to any home or business they invade. By crawling through sewers and garbage they are carriers of germs and bacteria like streptococci, salmonella, staphylococcus, and coliform.

In addition, cockroach feces can be harmful when exposed to humans. When cockroach droppings become airborne, it negatively impacts air quality, and can act as an allergen. For those with asthma, this can cause wheezing, coughing and other asthmatic symptoms. People can also develop food poisoning if they ingest food that has been contaminated by roaches.

Cockroaches are often difficult to eliminate once they have infested your home or workplace, so you want to get rid of cockroaches as quickly as possible.

Cockroach Life Cycle

Cockroaches lifespan is approximately 1 year. Cockroaches are very elusive pests and they will hide anywhere and everywhere. These pests are nocturnal and scatter when exposed to light, allowing them to roam freely at night. They can multiply very quickly as some females are able to produce an extremely high number of eggs (100-200) in their lifetime, while others need only to be impregnated once in order to be capable of laying eggs for life.  Eggs are protected in a capsule called an ootheca, which protect the eggs from the effects of pesticides. For these reasons, you may find yourself dealing with a cockroach infestation seemingly overnight.

Common Cockroaches in Canada

There are three common types of cockroaches found in homes or businesses in Canada:

Having these pests in your home or business can be embarrassing, unnerving and unsettling, Rest assured that you can count on Environment Pest Control. We’re experts in cockroach removal. For your peace of mind, we’ve outlined the best methods for how to get rid of cockroaches and how to kill cockroaches.

TYPES OF COCKROACHES

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