Did you know that cockroaches have been on this earth for more than 320 million years, which means they walked the earth with dinosaurs? There are 4600 species of cockroaches out of which 30 species are associated to human habitats. They are the most abundant pest all around the world and they belong to the Order Blattaria. They are most commonly found near dustbins, waste deposits, toilets and kitchens. They usually contaminate food and spread several diseases by carrying several pathogens.
Cockroaches have an open circulatory system with tiny pores on their body through which they breathe, so even if they lose their head they can live for more than a week. Cockroaches can live without air for 45 minutes, can go on living without food for a month and have a much higher radiation resistance making them a hardy pest on earth. A cockroach goes through three stages during its life cycle which are egg, nymph, and adult. Cockroaches reproduce very quickly and rapidly. It is a myth that cockroaches usually dwell in dirty places but this is not always true as cockroaches can also enter clean places through cracks, crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes.
They are a major pest in houses, hospitals, restaurants, offices, warehouses and buildings. The most common household cockroaches are German cockroach, American cockroach, Australian cockroach and Oriental cockroach.
Cockroaches crawl around all over your place making it unhygienic by spreading bacteria and germs all over your place. They shed their wings and other body parts which can cause several breathing problems, asthma and allergies. Apart from having impact on human life they can also cause damage to household things like cockroach secretion contains a substance that cause stains on surfaces, they can destroy paper and fabric products and can produce odors.
Among the common remedies to manage cockroaches are setting sticky traps, sealing the cracks and crevices, removing unwanted boxes, proper sanitation which includes keeping the food stuffs properly covered or in refrigerators, time to time disposal of waste, vacuuming cracks , repairing leaky water pipes, and keeping the places clean. Although these common remedies can help to remove a lot of cockroaches but it cannot eradicate all the cockroaches out of your place. The best solution to get rid of cockroaches is to call pest management professionals.